| Jul 13, 2014
| 5:44 PM
The new leader of the Los Angeles teachers union signaled a more militant stance toward the school district, including the possibility of a strike, at a national teachers union convention held downtown this weekend.
Alex Caputo-Pearl, who took office...
| Jul 16, 2014
| 5:22 AM
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle declared Tuesday that she won’t run for mayor, leaving union and community groups angry over Chicago’s violent crime, school closings and teetering finances searching for a credible candidate to...
| Jul 16, 2014
| 6:31 AM
“You campaign in poetry. You govern in prose.”
—Mario Cuomo, Democratic Party elder and former governor of New York.
The 2014 race for governor of Illinois is set, and the 2015 race for mayor of Chicago is fast coming into focus....
| Jul 15, 2014
| 10:05 PM
I spoke to Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis after she landed in Hawaii on Tuesday afternoon, just after Rahm Emanuel became the happiest mayor in Chicago.
The news that made the Rahmfather smile? Not Lewis being thousands of miles away in...
| Jul 16, 2014
| 5:35 AM
Hearings this evening on the proposed budget for Chicago Public Schools figure to be no less heated than in past years, as critics line up to question plans that include more cuts to traditional neighborhood schools.
The proposed $5.8-billion operating...
| Jun 26, 2014
| 5:20 PM
Roughly 1,100 Chicago Public Schools employees are being laid off, among them 550 teachers whose jobs were cut because of declining enrollment, officials said Thursday.
The teachers who were laid off are eligible to reapply for jobs elsewhere in CPS,...
| Jul 2, 2014
Who wins June's coveted Moutza of the Month?
Competition was so intense that agitated readers started a Moutza Fight Club on social media while nominating the contenders.
But the last thing America needs is an angry posse of Moutza nominators...
| Jun 20, 2014
| 8:43 AM
Three former schoolteachers, with a combined 70-some years in the Chicago Public Schools, sat on folding chairs for a recent production of a play set in a fictional Chicago high school that is slated for closure. They were not the first, nor would they be...
| Jun 9, 2014
| 5:40 PM
Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn on Monday signed into law a measure that would cut pension benefits and raise retirement ages for some City Hall workers, granting Mayor Rahm Emanuel a victory but opening himself up to attacks from Republicans who contend the...
| Aug 22, 2014
| 5:00 AM
Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis continued her public contemplation of a run against Mayor Rahm Emanuel Thursday night, using a community meeting in Little Village to rail against his policies.
But this time Lewis, who has called Emanuel a...
| Aug 13, 2014
| 10:04 PM
Chicago voters have grown sharply dissatisfied with Mayor Rahm Emanuel's job performance and have signaled a willingness to support his most prominent potential challenger, a new Chicago Tribune poll has found.
Facing concerns over crime, education...