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Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Thursday, Dec 26, 2013 at 11:49 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Halt Broken Charter School Expansion Process

Opinion: Halt Broken Charter School Expansion Process

The stories behind UNO and Concept demonstrate the need to take a hard look at how charters to open schools are won and lost in this state. Read »

Friday, Dec 6, 2013 at 1:47 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Rangel’s Story Exhibit A for Corruption in State and Chicago Politics

Opinion: Rangel’s Story Exhibit A for Corruption in State and Chicago Politics

Few political players in town in recent years have been as well connected, or clouted, than UNO and Juan Rangel. Read »

Friday, Dec 6, 2013 at 10:27 PM
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By Associated Press

Head of Illinois Charter School Group Resigns Post

The head of the Illinois' largest charter school operator is stepping down following concerts nepotism, bonds and conflicts of interest. Read »

Friday, Oct 18, 2013 at 9:46 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Majority of Urban Public School Students Are Poor: Study

Majority of Urban Public School Students Are Poor: Study

Meanwhile, in Chicago and around the state those charged with overseeing those students' education continue to turn their attention elsewhere. Read »

Thursday, Oct 17, 2013 at 10:47 PM
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Quinn Halts UNO Funding Yet Again

Quinn Halts UNO Funding Yet Again

Gov. Pat Quinn has once again halted funding for the state’s largest charter school organization, the United Neighborhood Organization. Read »

Friday, Apr 26, 2013 at 6:46 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Quinn Halts State Funding for UNO Charter

The state contends the United Neighborhood Organization violated the terms of a $98 million grant in choosing companies for Chicago construction projects. The companies it chose are owned by brothers of one... 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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