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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"

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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 »

Thursday, Apr 5, 2012 at 1:34 PM
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By Lisa Balde

Teachers Support Strike in Mock Poll

In mock polls, teachers at 150 Chicago schools "overwhelmingly" voted to strike if contract negotiations fail, the Chicago Teachers Union said Thursday. Each of the schools met the 75 percent approval needed if... Read »

Monday, Jan 9, 2012 at 3:21 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Longer Day Begins for More Schools

Longer Day Begins for More Schools

Another batch of Chicago schools got their 90 extra minutes Monday. That means about 22,000 kids from 40 schools, including Melody and Mays Academy as well as 37 charter schools, will have longer days from... Read »

Wednesday, Dec 14, 2011 at 6:05 PM
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By Michelle Relerford

Heated Debate Closes CPS Board Meeting

Parents braved the wind, cold and rain and even spent the night in front of Chicago Public Schools headquarters to attend a board meeting meant to consider proposed action against under-performing schools. In... Read »

Wednesday, Dec 14, 2011 at 6:15 AM
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By Jeff Goldblatt

CTU, Occupy Chicago Protest School Closures

Carrying signs and bullhorns, several hundred parents and teachers gathered outside Chicago Public Schools headquarters on Tuesday night to rally against the proposed closures, consolidations, and phase outs of... Read »

Tuesday, Jan 3, 2012 at 7:38 PM

CPS To "Turnaround" 10 Schools

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel says model will be unique to Chicago's success. 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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