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Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014 at 12:04 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Cullerton Talks Tough on CTU Pensions. CTU Doesn't Blink.

Cullerton Talks Tough on CTU  Pensions. CTU Doesn't Blink.

In a one-two punch, Illinois Senate President John Cullerton has called on Chicago Public School teachers to give up some future benefits to help reform the city’s troubled pension system by warning that if they... Read »

Thursday, Jan 23, 2014 at 9:55 AM
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By Alexandria Fisher
      

Board Approves 7 New Charter Schools

The Chicago Board of Education approved proposals for seven proposals for new charter schools Wednesday amid protests from the Chicago Teachers Union and supporters of public schools. Read »

Wednesday, Jan 22, 2014 at 6:53 AM
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By BJ Lutz

CTU Leads Overnight Protest Against Charter Schools

CTU Leads Overnight Protest Against Charter Schools

The Chicago Teachers Union led the overnight vigil to protest charter school expansion ahead of a school board vote on 17 charter school proposals. Read »

Monday, Jan 13, 2014 at 10:46 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

CTU Seeks to Tip Balance With New Political Org

CTU Seeks to Tip Balance With New Political Org

Union to create organization geared towards building a more concrete political infrastructure, finding candidates and actions around its objectives. Read »

Monday, Jan 6, 2014 at 10:26 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: CPS Blinks in the Face of CTU

Opinion: CPS Blinks in the Face of CTU

Today, many in Chicago are thankful CTU took a stand. Read »

Monday, Jan 6, 2014 at 8:57 AM
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By Alexandria Fisher
      

CTU Questions Initial Decision to Keep CPS Schools Open

The Chicago Teachers Union wasn't happy that Chicago Public Schools officials initially said classes would be held Monday. Read »

Monday, Sep 16, 2013 at 9:53 AM
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By Alexandria Fisher
      

Emanuel Announces Plans to Build New School

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Sunday announced that a new elementary school will be built on the city’s Southeast Side. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 10, 2013 at 8:55 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern
      

Rahm's Been Reaching Out to Karen Lewis

"Well the mayor reached out to me because he hadn't seen me in a while," she said during an exclusive one-on-one interview with NBC 5's Mary Ann Ahern. "Obviously that's different, so I'm looking forward to... Read »

Friday, Aug 2, 2013 at 4:42 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher

CPS Lays Off 200 Lunchroom Employees

CPS Lays Off 200 Lunchroom Employees

Chicago Public Schools announced Friday that 200 cafeteria workers will receive layoff notices, bringing the total CPS employee cuts to more than 3,000. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 17, 2013 at 9:15 PM
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By Michael Tarm

Expert: Chicago School Closings Will Endanger Kids

Expert: Chicago School Closings Will Endanger Kids

Chicago children displaced by public school closings may be forced to step into the line of fire between warring street gangs as they walk to their new schools each day, a gang expert told a U.S. judge who will... Read »

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Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

Foul mouthed, iron-fisted and arrogant. Say hello to Mayor Emanuel.

Jesse Jackson Jr.

Jesse Jackson Jr.

After spending much of the past year and a half out of the public eye Triple J is making a comeback!

Rod Blagojevich

Rod Blagojevich

Rascally alchemist transmutes disgrace into fame. Celeb Apprentice buffoon, jail time looms.

Pat Quinn

Pat Quinn

Accidental gov no longer.

Michael Madigan

Michael Madigan

Master of the Illinois political universe, behind-the-scenes strong arm, and speaker of the house.

Ed Burke

Ed Burke

Ed Burke has played the stoic counterpart to Mayor Daley's outspoken boss hog since the Mayor took office.

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Mark W. Anderson Ward Room Blogger Mark W. Anderson is a writer and journalist specializing in public policy, politics and economics. He graduated from Columbia College Chicago in 2006, and has operated a full service communications and strategy firm while working in and out of politics for more than a decade. A lifelong Chicagoan and White Sox fan, he lives in a Rogers Park apartment stacked with books and records.
Phil Rogers Emmy Award-winning reporter with trenchant insight into Chicago's political machinations.
Mary Ann Ahern WMAQ's Political Reporter since 2006, not afraid of a challenge. Read full bio .
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