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Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle discusses Chicago Public Schools plans to close about 50 schools at the end of the school year. (Credit: CBS)

Preckwinkle Rules Out Mayoral Bid

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle has ruled out challenging Mayor Rahm Emanuel in next year’s mayoral election.

07/15/2014

CTU President Karen Lewis; Mayor Rahm Emanuel (CBS)

Lewis Forms Exploratory Committee To Weigh Run Against Emanuel

For months, Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis has said she’s considering a run for mayor. Now she has taken another step toward jumping in the race.

07/15/2014

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CPS Laying Off 1,150 Teachers And Clerical Staff

Chicago Public Schools officials have sent layoff notices to 550 teachers and 600 clerical support staff, but said the teachers will be able to apply for other open jobs with the district for next school year.

06/26/2014

Rep. Bobby Rush

Rush: Jobs Key To Curbing Street Violence

U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Illinois) said the coalition of political and business leaders who attended a meeting he organized Wednesday to discuss strategies to quell street violence will make the latest efforts the most effective yet.

06/04/2014

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Kirk Touts Plan For $300M In Federal Funds For Charter Schools

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Illinois) visited a Bronzeville charter school on Friday to promote legislation pending in Congress to significantly boost federal funding for charter schools.

05/09/2014

Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis speaks about education reform at a City Club of Chicago luncheon. (Credit: CBS)

CTU Head Karen Lewis Calls For Tax On Stock, Futures Transactions To Pay Pensions

The head of the Chicago Teachers Union is touting a tax on stock trades and other transactions to help close a pension gap without cutting benefits for retired teachers.

05/05/2014

City Hall

Lawmakers Fear Blame For Chicago Pension Tax Hike

A fast-tracked plan to overhaul two Chicago city-pension programs slowed in the Illinois House Thursday, as nervous lawmakers said they fear backlash for a massive property-tax increase even if they don’t directly approve it.

04/04/2014

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Teachers At Two Schools To Risk Disciplinary Action, Boycott ISAT

Students at Chicago Public Schools begin taking the ISAT exam this week, but many teachers are refusing to administer the test, and many parents say they won’t let their kids take part.

03/03/2014

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CPS Threatens To Discipline Teachers Who Boycott ISAT

Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett has threatened to seek to remove the state certification of teachers who refuse to administer next week’s Illinois Standards Achievement Test, after many teachers planned a boycott.

02/28/2014

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Little Village Teachers, Parents To Boycott ISAT

Teachers at a Little Village school are joining a growing effort to boycott the upcoming Illinois Standards Achievement Test, saying students are over-tested, and the ISAT is no longer of any use to the children who take it.

02/26/2014

Protesters sleep on the sidewalk in front of Chicago Public Schools headquarters. (Credit: NVP News Video)

Chicago Board Of Ed Approves Seven New Charter Schools

More than two dozen protesters camped out in front of Chicago Public Schools headquarters overnight, ahead of a school board meeting to weigh plans for 17 new charter schools.

01/22/2014

Protesters sleep on the sidewalk in front of Chicago Public Schools headquarters. (Credit: NVP News Video)

CTU Holding Vigil Outside CPS HQ To Protest Charter Schools

Members of the Chicago Teachers Union and others are holding an overnight vigil outside CPS headquarters ahead of Wednesdays’s Chicago Board of Education meeting at which it will consider 17 new charter schools.

01/21/2014

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Rev. Jeremiah Wright Takes Shots At Mayor Emanuel At CTU Breakfast

The Chicago Teachers Union has a new, more outspoken image courtesy of the fiery preacher, Reverend Jeremiah Wright.

01/15/2014

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CPS Announces School Closings Due To Weather Following CTU Demands

The Chicago Teachers’ Union is demanding that CPS close all schools due to the extreme cold that is forecast for Monday.

01/05/2014

City Hall

What Does State Reform Mean For Chicago’s Pensions?

Now that state lawmakers have taken the tough step of passing state pension reform, what does it mean for Chicago? CBS 2′s Dana Kozlov explains.

12/04/2013

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Emanuel Announces $17 Million Expansion For Walter Payton Prep

Mayor Emanuel says he’ll use a special tax fund to expand the North Side’s much desired Walter Payton College Prep High School, WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

09/18/2013

CTU President Karen Lewis; Mayor Rahm Emanuel (CBS)

On Strike Anniversary, Mayor Offers Olive Branch To Teachers Union Boss

“When Karen was ill, I sent her a note to say ‘I wish you well. I wish you a happy, healthy new year as well,’ and that I look forward to – when she feels better – to actually have a good conversation,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel said.

09/11/2013

Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis speaks about education reform at a City Club of Chicago luncheon. (Credit: CBS)

Emanuel Opponents Want CTU’s Lewis To Run For Mayor

A group of activists has launched a grassroots effort to recruit Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis to run against Mayor Rahm Emanuel in 2015.

09/03/2013

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New School Year Brings Lots Of Changes For CPS Students

A new chapter begins for the Chicago Public Schools this morning, following major budget cuts and the closings of dozens of schools.

08/26/2013

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CPS Boasts Best Graduation Rate On Record

CPS administrators touted a graduation rate of 65.4 percent for the class of 2013, topping last year’s mark of 61.2 percent.

08/14/2013

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