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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 »

Monday, Mar 25, 2013 at 2:10 PM
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By Edward McClelland & Christian Farr
      

Chicago Students Protest School Closings

The Chicago Teachers Union, which has become Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s number one nemesis, is planning a rally against his Board of Education’s decision to close 54 schools -- and against plans to close any more, or... Read »

Thursday, Sep 20, 2012 at 8:23 AM
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By Mary Ann Ahern & Kim Vatis

How Will Chicago Pay For Strike Deal?

How Will Chicago Pay For Strike Deal?

Chicago Public Schools students and teachers returned to class Wednesday after seven days of picketing over a still-tentative union contract. How much will the new contract cost and how will the city pay for... Read »

Monday, Sep 17, 2012 at 1:21 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Rahm: The Democrats' Scott Walker

Rahm: The Democrats' Scott Walker

"He doesn’t want to stop collective bargaining, but he certainly wants to limit it," political consultant Don Rose said Thursday. Read »

Wednesday, Sep 12, 2012 at 9:36 PM
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By Lisa Balde & Kim Vatis
      

Class Should Resume During Talks: Rahm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is ready to "finish it" already. As Chicago teachers picketed for the third day Wednesday, Emanuel said there's no reason students can't return to classrooms while the teachers union and... Read »

Tuesday, Sep 11, 2012 at 9:20 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Mayor Mulls Legal Action to End Strike

Mayor Mulls Legal Action to End Strike

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has been saying for days that Chicago's teacher strike was one of choice; a choice with which he obviously disagrees. 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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