| Aug 29, 2014
| 9:47 PM
When school begins Tuesday, it will be a much quieter start to the school year than what Chicago has come to expect.
For one, there are no mass school closings, with thousands of students walking unfamiliar routes to new schools.
There's no teachers...
| Sep 8, 2014
| 6:53 PM
For weeks, Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis has said she is seriously considering a run against Mayor Rahm Emanuel. On Monday Lewis offered what she said is proof: $40,000 of her own money.
Lewis reported that contribution to her political...
| Sep 9, 2014
| 7:28 AM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel will announce a plan Tuesday to give Inspector General Joseph Ferguson oversight of the Public Building Commission, taking a step toward honoring a pledge he made during his 2011 election campaign to give the inspector general's...
| Sep 10, 2014
| 7:26 AM
A chemistry teacher and Chicago Teachers Union leader who earns more the $200,000 a year, owns three homes, lead the CPS into their first strike in more than 20 years for a 30 percent salary increase and focuses only on Chicago Public Schools rather...
| Sep 3, 2014
| 7:09 PM
Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis — who is Mayor Rahm Emanuel's worst nightmare — just loves the Moutza of the Month column.
And today is the day we award the Moutza of the Month for August. So get your hands ready, with the...
| Sep 2, 2014
| 7:58 AM
More than 400,000 students headed back to Chicago public schools today, and many had politicians on hand to welcome them to class.
The time-honored tradition of officials ringing school bells on the first day of the year takes on added importance for...
| Aug 28, 2014
| 7:23 PM
So much of the debate on education in Chicago focuses on conflicts between teachers and district officials over test scores and educator evaluations. Or on the political squabbling between Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Teachers Union President Karen...
| Aug 28, 2014
| 2:45 PM
A political fund backing Mayor Rahm Emanuel has assembled a scorecard for would-be Chicago City Council candidates to gauge their views on key issues such as property taxes, public schools and the minimum wage.
The six-question form was sent via email...
| Sep 19, 2014
| 4:44 PM
Take a look at the new Twitter avatar that Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis posted last week, then tell me she's not running for mayor.
The avatar is the little image — usually a portrait — that appears prominently on a user's...
| Sep 13, 2014
| 10:40 AM
Ald. Robert Fioretti today launched his campaign for mayor, declaring that all Mayor Rahm Emanuel had delivered to Chicagoans was “tough luck.”
Before a half-filled gymnasium of about 150 people at East-West University in the South Loop,...
| Sep 13, 2014
| 3:47 AM
As he sat recently on a stage under bright lights waiting to do a television interview, Ald. Bob Fioretti tugged on his necktie, the knot neatly propped up by a tie bar under his collar. He adjusted his earpiece, and a producer asked him if he was ready....