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  • Feds eye CPS records on education group backed by state's, city's elites

    Feds eye CPS records on education group backed by state's, city's elites
    Federal corruption investigators looking into a $20.5 million no-bid contract at Chicago Public Schools also have asked for any records related to an elite nonprofit education group that has long been at the center of city school reform efforts — the first indication that the public relations problem could extend beyond Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration.
  • Emanuel, Jarrett talk paid maternity leave as city sick day proposal languishes

    Emanuel, Jarrett talk paid maternity leave as city sick day proposal languishes
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Thursday got to introduce his former White House colleague, Valerie Jarrett, who was back home to make the case that more workers need to be given paid maternity leave. During his opening remarks at the "Lead on Leave" event at the...

    Emanuel hurt by flagging black support, low turnout

    Emanuel hurt by flagging black support, low turnout
    When President Barack Obama dropped into his hometown a few days before the city election to designate the historic Pullman district a national monument and heap praise on Rahm Emanuel, rivals decried the move as pure politics aimed at pumping up African-...

    Surprising details about Chicago mayoral and City Council candidates

    Surprising details about Chicago mayoral and City Council candidates
    Please tell us something about yourself that would surprise us. That question has become something of a tradition here when the Editorial Board seeks out the views of candidates in each election cycle. We ask them what they think about the hot issues of...

    Council workers cheat taxpayers with political work, embattled watchdog says

    Council workers cheat taxpayers with political work, embattled watchdog says
    As he fights to keep his job amid accusations of incompetence leveled by the Chicago aldermen he investigates, the City Council's internal watchdog on Wednesday issued a report that concluded many council employees were doing political work on the...