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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 11:22 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Chicago Teachers Authorize Strike

Chicago teachers have "well surpassed" the state-mandated threshold required to authorize a strike, the Chicago Teachers Union said Monday. The vote not only exceeded the 75 percent required by state law, but... 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, Mar 28, 2012 at 7:29 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Group Wants Elected Chicago School Board

Group Wants Elected Chicago School Board

The Coalition to Organize Democracy in Education (C.O.D.E.) thinks an appointed board has resulted in “years of failed, top down education policy. Read »

Friday, Mar 23, 2012 at 8:26 PM
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By Alexandra Clark, Mary Ann Ahern

CPS to Expand International Diploma Program

CPS to Expand International Diploma Program

Chicago Public Schools will create more International Baccalaureate diploma programs in high schools across Chicago. Read »

Wednesday, Feb 29, 2012 at 2:24 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Rahm Headed to Washington for Schools Talk

Rahm Headed to Washington for Schools Talk

Mayor Rahm Emanuel will out of town Friday to talk about schools. Emanuel is on the list of mayors participating in a Washington D.C. education forum Friday with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. Read »

Wednesday, Feb 22, 2012 at 6:39 PM
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By Lauren Petty

CPS to Vote on School Closures, Turnarounds

CPS to Vote on School Closures, Turnarounds

The protest over proposed Chicago Public School policy comes to a head Wednesday when the school board votes on the closure or turnaround of several underperforming schools. The CPS plan backed by Mayor Rahm... Read »

Wednesday, Feb 22, 2012 at 11:46 PM
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By Michelle Relerford, Rob Elgas, BJ Lutz

School Closure Plan Unanimously Approved

School Closure Plan Unanimously Approved

Despite hours of testimony from opposition, numerous sit-ins and marches, the Chicago Board of Education on Wednesday evening unanimously approved a plan to shutter seven schools and "turnaround" 10 others. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 21, 2012 at 3:25 PM
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By Anthony Ponce

Protest Moves From Mayor's Block to City Hall

Protest Moves From Mayor's Block to City Hall

A day earlier, hundreds of community activists, teachers and parents marched toward Mayor Rahm Emanuel's Ravenswood home to protest the elimination or turnaround of the schools. They carried signs during the... 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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Phil Rogers Emmy Award-winning reporter with trenchant insight into Chicago's political machinations.
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