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Friday, Mar 22, 2013 at 6:56 AM
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By Sara Burnett
      

Parents, Union To Fight Chicago School Closings

Chicago Public Schools officials ended months of speculation when they released the list of 54 schools the city plans to close, but the pushback against Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his schools chief is likely just... Read »

Friday, Mar 22, 2013 at 10:06 AM
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By Christian Farr, marcus riley

CTU Prez: School Closure Plan Racist, Classist

CTU Prez: School Closure Plan Racist, Classist

The Chicago Teacher's Union didn't mince words in reacting to the possible closure of 54 Chicago Public Schools. Read »

Monday, Dec 10, 2012 at 8:49 PM
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By Lisa Balde
      

Teachers Union Mocks Mayor in Satirical 'Fat Cats' Video

The Chicago Teachers Union on Monday unleashed a new tactic in its fight against public school closures: an animated satirical video that pinpoints Mayor Rahm Emanuel as the "fat cat" behind the plan. Read »

Friday, Dec 7, 2012 at 1:18 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

CTU May Want Karen Lewis For Mayor

CTU May Want Karen Lewis For Mayor

Turns out Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle isn't the only person with potential interest in the 2015 mayoral race. Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis, who negotiated through this summer's strike... 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 »

Tuesday, Sep 11, 2012 at 9:20 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Mayor Mulls Legal Action to End Strike

Mayor Mulls Legal Action to End Strike

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has been saying for days that Chicago's teacher strike was one of choice; a choice with which he obviously disagrees. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 4, 2012 at 6:57 AM
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By Ward Room Staff
      

Strike Looms as Students Return to School

The rest of Chicago Public School students return to class Tuesday, less than a week before a strike deadline set by the teachers union. Both sides agree that something has to give between the first day of... Read »

Friday, Aug 24, 2012 at 6:57 AM
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By Michelle Relerford

Rahm Could Step Into Teachers Contract Battle

Rahm Could Step Into Teachers Contract Battle

Chicago Public School teachers have until Saturday to call for a walk-out ahead of the first day of school. It's getting to the point where Mayor Rahm Emanuel could step in and come to the bargaining table. Read »

Thursday, Aug 9, 2012 at 1:03 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

CTU Strike Still Looms as Talks Continue

CTU Strike Still Looms as Talks Continue

With the year-round Chicago public school year set to begin in a few days, the Chicago Teachers Union is making sure the public realizes the contract is not yet a done deal. 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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