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I Just Saved Rahm and CPS Millions During My Lunch Period

Dave Stieber | Posted 03.25.2017 | Chicago
Dave Stieber

We teachers have tried darn near everything to get you to realize that there are many ways to get additional funding for our schools and you refuse to do them. So we are left with no choice but to strike.

Lots of Children Left Behind

Matt Farmer | Posted 12.07.2016 | Chicago
Matt Farmer

The natives were restless Thursday night at Audubon Elementary School in Chicago's Roscoe Village neighborhood. Hundreds of them -- Chicago Public Schools parents, teachers and principals -- sat shoulder-to-shoulder on folding chairs in a crowded third-floor gymnasium for a town hall meeting to discuss the financial mess that is CPS.

It's Groundhog Day at CPS

Matt Farmer | Posted 09.17.2016 | Chicago
Matt Farmer

Five years ago, on September 15, 2010, a group of mothers began a sit-in at Whittier Elementary School in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood. The mothers took this action only after trying unsuccessfully for years to get a library for their kids' school.

I am a Dictator: A Chicago Public Schools Teacher Responds to Rauner and Claypool

Dave Stieber | Posted 08.11.2016 | Chicago
Dave Stieber

The stress that I and the rest of Chicago's teachers go through every day of the year to educate the children of this city that we love is not easy, but we do it because we know that our students matter. It is time for the politicians to do the same.

CTA President: No Fare Hikes, Service Cuts In 2014

Posted 10.19.2013 | Chicago

Story by Erica Demarest, courtesy DNAinfo Chicago: NEAR WEST SIDE — The Chicago Transit Authority president promised there won't be fare increase...

Analysis: New CTA Cameras Aren't Cutting Crime

Posted 02.26.2013 | Chicago

More than a year after some 1,500 high-resolution security cameras were installed system-wide an the Chicago Transit Authority's train stations, new a...

CTA Ridership Reaches 20-Year High

Posted 03.14.2012 | Chicago

The Chicago Transit Authority on Tuesday announced that its annual ridership in 2011 was up 3 percent over the previous year -- the largest one-year b...

CTA Train Station Security Cameras Doubled

Posted 11.21.2011 | Chicago

Some 1,500 new security cameras have been installed at Chicago Transit Authority train stations throughout the city, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Police Superi...

Occupy Chicago, Unions Protest CTA Budget In Hearing

Posted 01.11.2012 | Chicago

A large crowd, including a number of Occupy Chicago protesters, turned out Thursday evening for the final of three public hearings on the Chicago Tran...

CTA Cutting 200 Jobs To Save $22 Million

Posted 12.10.2011 | Chicago

The CTA announced Monday that they will be cutting over 200 positions in order to "drive efficiencies" for the deficit-plagued agency in advance of th...

CTA Chief Discloses Agency Deficit, Hints At 'Hard Decisions' Ahead

Posted 12.04.2011 | Chicago

According to comments made Tuesday by its chief Forrest Claypool, the Chicago Transit Authority is on the brink of a $277 million projected budget def...

CTA Plans To Makeover 100 Rail Stations

Posted 11.20.2011 | Chicago

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday announced a makeover scheduled for 100 rail stations throughout the city. According to NBC Chicago, 100 stati...

'Seniors Ride Free' To Expire For Most 65-Plus Transit Riders

Posted 10.26.2011 | Chicago

Beginning next week, many senior citizens will lose access to the program providing free rides for qualifying passengers on Metra, CTA and Pace. The f...

CTA Budget Woes: No Fare Hikes For 2011, More Dunkin Donuts And Ad Space

Posted 10.11.2011 | Chicago

A CTA fare hike will not factor into transit President Forrest Claypool’s strategy to balance the $102.7 million shortfall in state funding this yea...

CTA Cuts 54 Jobs, Saves $15 Million; No Word On Fare Hikes

Posted 08.28.2011 | Chicago

Forrest Claypool, the newly appointed president of the Chicago Transit Authority, isn't wasting much time in cutting costs at the cash-strapped agency...

CTA Beefing Up Police, Camera Presence

Posted 08.21.2011 | Chicago

Perhaps as a response to the ongoing publicity surrounding attacks and robberies occurring on their trains and in their stations alike, including the ...

Emanuel Picks Old Friend For New CTA President

Posted 06.19.2011 | Chicago

Fresh on the heels of announcing his education team, Rahm Emanuel released details today about three appointments he'll make to run the city's transit...

Is Rahm Emanuel Feuding With Cook County Democrats?

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Rahm Emanuel certainly has his share of powerful friends in Washington. But a Sun-Times report today suggests that he might have one pretty prominent ...

Berrios Fights Back Against Disloyal Democrat

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Joe Berrios won election to the Cook County Assessor's seat in November, fending off a heated challenge from Independent Forrest Claypool, a longtime ...

All Smiles, Some Zingers, At Last County Board Meeting

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A collegial atmosphere, cut with a few good-natured zingers, presided over the last meeting of the current Cook County Board, as a few prominent commi...

Joe Berrios WINS County Assessor Race: Defeats Reformer Claypool

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Democrat Joe Berrios won the hotly contested Cook County Assessor race Tuesday, defeating Independent Forrest Claypool. Berrios currently serves on ...

Voting Guide: Big Down-Ticket Races In Logan Square, Portage Park, Suburbs

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Illinois is in a unique position this year to have a major say in the balance of power in the U.S. Congress. With five contested House races and a nec...

Joe Berrios Gets Financial Boost From Daughter's Campaign Fund

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

UPDATE: From the Joe Berrios campaign: the two $4,500 donations from Toni Berrios were in fact just one, an in-kind donation to rent a restaurant f...

Read Claypool's Damning New Report On Berrios's Pay-To-Play

The Huffington Post | Will Guzzardi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A bombshell announcement was made at a morning press conference Wednesday, which will have major ramifications for an upcoming election in Chicago. O...

WATCH: Berrios Gets Grilled On 'Chicago Tonight'

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The two leading candidates for Cook County Assessor appeared on WTTW's "Chicago Tonight" last night, but it was the Democrat who came under fire for m...