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Monday, Jan 6, 2014 at 10:26 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: CPS Blinks in the Face of CTU

Opinion: CPS Blinks in the Face of CTU

Today, many in Chicago are thankful CTU took a stand. Read »

Monday, Dec 16, 2013 at 5:50 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

CTU’s Lewis, Republican Rauner Tangle on Twitter

CTU’s Lewis, Republican Rauner Tangle on Twitter

Long-running animosity between CTU president and candidate raised its head once again, this time on Twitter. Read »

Wednesday, Nov 13, 2013 at 9:48 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Supporters Hope Elected School Board Measure Reignites Debate

Supporters Hope Elected School Board Measure Reignites Debate

Ald. John Arena (45) is expected to move for a vote today on a non-binding resolution calling for a referendum on an elected school board in Chicago. Read »

Thursday, Oct 17, 2013 at 1:39 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Take Back Chicago Proves There’s Room to Run Against Rahm

Opinion: Take Back Chicago Proves There’s Room to Run Against Rahm

Tuesday night’s Take Back Chicago event was a really raucous campaign rally for an unnamed mayoral candidate to take on Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Read »

Friday, Oct 11, 2013 at 10:09 PM
      

Karen Lewis Believes Rahm's 'In Trouble'

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has $5 million in his reelection campaign coffers more than a year out from the filing deadline, but with lagging poll numbers, the sharks are starting to smell blood in the water.... Read »

Tuesday, Sep 10, 2013 at 8:55 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern
      

Rahm's Been Reaching Out to Karen Lewis

"Well the mayor reached out to me because he hadn't seen me in a while," she said during an exclusive one-on-one interview with NBC 5's Mary Ann Ahern. "Obviously that's different, so I'm looking forward to... Read »

Friday, Aug 2, 2013 at 4:42 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher

CPS Lays Off 200 Lunchroom Employees

CPS Lays Off 200 Lunchroom Employees

Chicago Public Schools announced Friday that 200 cafeteria workers will receive layoff notices, bringing the total CPS employee cuts to more than 3,000. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 17, 2013 at 8:33 AM
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By Anthony Ponce & Christian Farr
      

Court Hearings Resume On Lawsuits Over CPS Closings

The showdown over Chicago Public Schools closings heads to federal court Tuesday as hearings begin on two lawsuits aimed at stopping the closures. Read »

Monday, Jun 24, 2013 at 8:17 AM
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By Lauren Petty

19 More Chicago Schools Closing For Good

19 More Chicago Schools Closing For Good

Thousands of Chicago students will say a final farewell Monday at 19 public schools. The second wave of schools slated to be shuttered will close as part of a plan approved last month by the city's Board of... Read »

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 »

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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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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 .