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Friday, Aug 23, 2013 at 11:35 AM
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By Mary Ann Ahern
      

Former Schools Chief Opens Up About Working For Emanuel

The former chief of Chicago Public Schools is speaking out about last year's school strike and his former boss. Jean-Claude Brizard says CPS severely underestimated the ability of the teachers union to lead a... Read »

Wednesday, Oct 31, 2012 at 8:18 AM

Brizard Leaves With Glowing Recommendation

Brizard Leaves With Glowing Recommendation

Former CPS CEO to receive 2013 salary, a year of health benefits. Read »

Monday, Aug 5, 2013 at 10:58 AM
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By Alexandra Clark

JC Brizard to Remain on CPS Payroll

JC Brizard to Remain on CPS Payroll

Jean-Claude Brizard lost his job today, but not his paycheck. Read »

Friday, Oct 12, 2012 at 7:45 AM
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By Carol Marin, Mary Ann Ahern

JC Brizard Out as CPS CEO

JC Brizard Out as CPS CEO

Jean-Claude Brizard, plucked last year from Rochester, N.Y., to lead Chicago Public Schools, will resign Friday. Spokeswoman Sarah Hamilton classified the move as a "mutual agreement" between Brizard and... 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 »

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 »

Monday, Sep 17, 2012 at 1:02 PM
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By Lisa Balde
      

"This Is a Strike of Choice:" Emanuel

As some 29,000 teachers declared their first Chicago strike in 25 years, Mayor Rahm Emanuel called the move "unnecessary" and "a strike by choice." "It's avoidable," he said, "and our kids do not deserve this." Read »

Friday, Aug 31, 2012 at 2:39 PM
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By Natalie Martinez
      

Brizard Rumor Isn't True, Emanuel Says

"Its just that, rumor," Emanuel said when asked if the rumor was true. "I speak for Rahm Emanuel. No one else does. He's (Brizard's) doing a great job". Read »

Friday, Aug 31, 2012 at 6:53 AM
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By Lauren Petty
      

Brizard Denies Reports He's On His Way Out

As the clock ticks down to a looming Chicago teachers strike, could the man in charge of the schools district be on his way out? CPS CEO Jean-Claude Brizard says he's not going anywhere, despite a report that he... Read »

Tuesday, Jun 12, 2012 at 5:29 PM
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By Lisa Balde
      

CPS Working Hard to Avoid Strike: Brizard

Will Chicago students have a school to attend in the fall? That's a question on a lot of parents' minds after public school teachers overwhelmingly authorized a strike, and CPS chief Jean-Claude Brizard said... Read »

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Jesse Jackson Jr.

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Master of the Illinois political universe, behind-the-scenes strong arm, and speaker of the house.

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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.
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