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Thursday, Jun 20, 2013 at 12:54 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: City Income Tax Will Never Happen

Opinion: City Income Tax Will Never Happen

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis is proposing a city income tax -- but the sponsors of a constitutional amendment for a graduated income tax want to prohibit it. Read »

Wednesday, Jun 19, 2013 at 11:27 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: CTU President Attacks Illinois' Unequal Tax System

Opinion: CTU President Attacks Illinois' Unequal Tax System

Amid her cries of racism, Lewis made important points about a tax system that hits the poor harder than the rich, and gives them back less. Read »

Wednesday, Jun 19, 2013 at 9:22 PM
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By Michelle Relerford & Lisa Balde
      

First Wave of Schools Close for Good

Today marks the last day of class for many Chicago Public Schools students, but for those at more than two dozen Track E schools, it's the last day there for good. Read »

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 5:02 PM
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By AP
      

CTU, Parents File New Lawsuit Against School Closures

The Chicago Teachers Union and parents of public school students have filed a new lawsuit challenging some recently approved school closings. Read »

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 3:40 PM
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By Lauren Petty & Lisa Balde
      

Final Vote Today on Chicago School Closings

Chicago parents, teachers and union members who spent weeks protesting the proposed closure of nearly 50 public schools have vowed to fight until the end, and the end is near. Read »

Monday, May 20, 2013 at 6:04 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern, BJ Lutz
      

School Closure Opponents Arrested at City Hall

Rally was part of the Chicago Teachers Union's three days of marches and protests demanding a moratorium on school closures. Read »

Friday, May 17, 2013 at 11:14 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Preckwinkle Criticizes Rahm On CPS Closures

Preckwinkle Criticizes Rahm On CPS Closures

Cook County president tells Sun-Times that too many schools are marked for closure. Read »

Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 7:39 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Hundreds Rally for Charter Schools

Hundreds Rally for Charter Schools

The rally was organized by Charter Parents United. Supporters demanded equal funding and an expansion of the number of charter schools in Chicago. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 23, 2013 at 6:51 PM
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By Marcus Riley

School Closings Adversaries Press On

School Closings Adversaries Press On

CPS superintendent visiting schools, CTU plans rally. Read »

Thursday, Apr 4, 2013 at 7:25 AM
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By Lauren Petty

CEO 'Won't Accept' Claims School Closings Are Racist

CEO 'Won't Accept' Claims School Closings Are Racist

The battle to save 54 Chicago public schools from closure is still very much underway, and union members and parents are bringing the fight to the school board's doorstep. Read »

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

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