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Thursday, Jul 17, 2014 at 3:12 PM
By Erin Carlson

Timothy Cullerton Retirement Ends Family's 38th Ward Dominance

Timothy Cullerton Retirement Ends Family's 38th Ward Dominance

It's the end of an era. After a reign stretching back decades, the Cullerton clan -- one of Chicago's oldest and most powerful political families -- has loosened its grip on the 38th Ward. Read »

Thursday, Oct 13, 2011 at 10:43 AM
By BJ Lutz

Mayor: City Employees Must Use CTA

Mayor Rahm Emanuel hasn't been quiet about his use of public transit, and he wants city employees to get comfortable using it too. Read »

Thursday, Jul 21, 2011 at 5:28 PM
By Mary Ann Ahern

When Rahm's Temper Made a Comeback

The Mayor didn't appreciate this reporter's question about school choices all that much, and he let me know. Read »

Monday, Jun 20, 2011 at 4:33 PM
By Courtney Cox

Jean-Claude Brizard

Jean-Claude Brizard

Profile of the new Chicago Public Schools CEO. Read »

Friday, Jun 3, 2011 at 5:19 PM
By BJ Lutz, Mary Ann Ahern

Brizard Jumps Into Budget Mess

Cuts to school budgets seem to be made without rhyme or reason, official says. Read »

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