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Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
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 »

Friday, May 17, 2013 at 9:48 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

CTU's Lewis Wins Second Term

Jesse Sharkey, Michael Brunson and Kristine Mayle were also re-elected to vice-president, recording secretary and financial secretary, respectively. Read »

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 7:45 PM
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By Lisa Balde

CTU Files Lawsuits to Stop School Closings

The Chicago Teachers Union plans to file two federal lawsuits Wednesday to stop the city's school district from closing 53 elementary schools. Read »

Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 7:39 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Hundreds Rally for Charter Schools

Hundreds Rally for Charter Schools

The rally was organized by Charter Parents United. Supporters demanded equal funding and an expansion of the number of charter schools in Chicago. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 17, 2013 at 11:34 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Emanuel Not A Politician, Just Doing It For The Children

Opinion: Emanuel Not A Politician, Just Doing It For The Children

"If others want to focus on politics, they have every right to," says man who has raised $1.9 million for his re-election campaign. Read »

Thursday, Mar 28, 2013 at 8:27 AM
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By BJ Lutz

CTU Protests In Loop

Still in shock over a proposal to shutter 54 public schools, hundreds of teachers... See Full Gallery »

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Who We're Covering
Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner, a multi-millionaire venture capitalist from Winnetka and a Republican, took over the Illinois governor's mansion in 2015 and immediately asked the residents of the state to prepare for some pain.

Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

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

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.

Barack Obama

Barack Obama

He's nearing the end of his presidency and considering his next moves. Will Chicago have a play?

Toni Preckwinkle

Toni Preckwinkle

County Board Prez declined to run against Rahm for mayor despite loud calls.

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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 .