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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 »

Friday, Aug 24, 2012 at 6:57 AM
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By Michelle Relerford

Rahm Could Step Into Teachers Contract Battle

Rahm Could Step Into Teachers Contract Battle

Chicago Public School teachers have until Saturday to call for a walk-out ahead of the first day of school. It's getting to the point where Mayor Rahm Emanuel could step in and come to the bargaining table. Read »

Thursday, Aug 9, 2012 at 1:03 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

CTU Strike Still Looms as Talks Continue

CTU Strike Still Looms as Talks Continue

With the year-round Chicago public school year set to begin in a few days, the Chicago Teachers Union is making sure the public realizes the contract is not yet a done deal. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 17, 2012 at 10:29 PM
      

Emanuel Rejects School Arbitrator's Report

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says if the city were to follow a fact finder's recommendation and give teachers a pay raise of well over 14 percent it would mean firing 4,000 of them and lead to more crowded... Read »

Monday, Jun 11, 2012 at 11:09 PM
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By BJ Lutz, Mary Ann Ahern

CTU Not Worried About Legal Challenge to Vote

CTU Not Worried About Legal Challenge to Vote

Critics upset that ministers who oversaw ballot counting process have received CTU grant money. Read »

Monday, Jun 11, 2012 at 4:18 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

CTU Has Enough Votes for Strike: Sources

CTU Has Enough Votes for Strike: Sources

Chicago teachers have shown their solidarity in massive numbers. More than 90 percent of teachers have given the OK for a work stoppage, multiple sources told NBC Chicago. Read »

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Who We're Covering
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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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 .