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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 »

Wednesday, Jun 6, 2012 at 8:24 PM
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By Lauren Petty & Lisa Balde
      

Religious Leaders Watching CTU Strike Vote

Chicago teachers began casting ballots early Wednesday to decide whether a strike could be in their futures. Teachers say the strike authorization vote is all about leverage as contract negotiations continue and... Read »

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at 11:36 PM
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By Lauren Petty & Mary Ann Ahern
      

Chicago Teachers Rally Downtown

With Dolly Parton's "9-5" and Aretha Franklin's "Respect" energizing the crowd, thousands of teachers and their supporters gathered inside Chicago's Auditorium Theatre before taking off on foot to protest... Read »

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 11:50 AM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

CTU Plans Rally as Possible Strike Looms

CTU Plans Rally as Possible Strike Looms

Upset with contract talks, the Chicago Teachers Union is planning a big rally Wednesday to show unity. Thousands of Chicago Public School teachers are expected to attend the 4:30 p.m. rally at the Auditorium... Read »

Friday, May 11, 2012 at 2:03 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Rahm: "Happiest I've Ever Been"

Rahm:

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, more relaxed than usual, is about to check off the one year anniversary mark. Read »

Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 10:00 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern
      

Rahm: No Pension Reform? Higher Taxes

If state pension reforms aren't made, Chicago would have to raise property taxes by 150 percent, Mayor Rahm Emanuel testified before the Illinois House of Representatives Committee on Personnel and Pensions.... 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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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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