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Lessons from Detroit: Why Doing What Feels Wrong May Be the Right Answer For Chicago Public School Families

Alana Baum | Posted 11.27.2013 | Chicago
Alana Baum

Had Detroit's lawmakers been courageous enough to ask questions, make tough decisions, stand up to union leadership, build out the city's infrastructure, would their city have gone bankrupt?

Rahm Hoping Chicago Forgets Everything in Time for 2015

Dave Stieber | Posted 11.25.2013 | Chicago
Dave Stieber

Rahm is betting that the voters of Chicago will forget about the countless things he has done to continue to harm working class communities across the city. He is attempting to do a few "good" things just in time for his attempt at a 2015 reelection. Unfortunately for Rahm he doesn't realize that Chicago is a city of historians who don't forget.

Rahm Emanuel Discusses Plans To Build School On Possibly Toxic Site

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 09.17.2013 | Chicago

Some Chicago residents are concerned that the district's plans for a new school involve building the facility on a potentially toxic site. Mayor Ra...

Chicago and the Nation's Best and Brightest

Rahm Emanuel | Posted 10.02.2013 | Chicago
Rahm Emanuel

The founders of PayPal, YouTube, Netscape and Yelp, who were trained in Illinois, left to start their companies in Silicon Valley. But a new generation of tech talent is staying here, starting new companies and helping to send a signal that Chicago has made a definitive cultural shift.

Putting Students First? In Chicago, Not a Chance

Gregory Michie | Posted 09.24.2013 | Chicago
Gregory Michie

What's happening in Chicago schools -- and in many other places across the country -- is not about putting students first. It's agendas first. Ideology first. Test scores first. Efficiency first.

Amid Massive School Closures, CPS Plans To Open Schools For Dropouts

Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 06.27.2013 | Chicago

Chicago Public Schools announced plans to open several new schools for former high school dropouts, despite large-scale budget cuts and widespread pro...

Are Rahm's $3 Billion In 'Opportunity Areas' A Privatization Ploy?

Posted 03.19.2013 | Chicago

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has announced a splashy plan to inject three billion dollars into seven Chicago neighborhoods in what the city touted in a Sunday p...

Poll: Rahm's Approval Rating Takes A Nosedive

Posted 02.22.2013 | Chicago

Good thing Rahm Emanuel isn't the sensitive type: A new poll indicates there is little love for the Chicago mayor, with just a measly two percent of C...

The Crisis in Chicago

Chris Williams | Posted 04.08.2013 | Black Voices
Chris Williams

This may be easier said than done, but an effort must be made on all fronts by those in power to prevent more senseless deaths. Enough is enough. Too many black children have died. It is time to end this madness once and for all.

Huge Donations Rack Up For Rahm's Re-Election War Chest

Posted 01.17.2013 | Chicago

If his campaign war chest is any indication, just two years into his first term as Mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel is eyeing a second. Reports show...

WATCH: Rahm Emanuel Asks Chicago To Go Vegan

Posted 01.17.2013 | Food

Famously fit Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel, formerly Barack Obama's chief of staff, appeared on local TV affiliate WGN-TV last Friday to ask that his cit...

Rahm On Gun Control: 'Waiting Is Not A Strong Suit Of Mine'

Posted 01.11.2013 | Chicago

Tired of the Illinois General Assembly dragging its feet on Gov. Pat Quinn's proposed assault weapons ban, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is making moves ...

WATCH: Chicago's First Jewish Mayor Lights City's Menorah

Posted 12.11.2012 | Chicago

Much like he had done with the city's Christmas trees, Rahm Emanuel flipped the switch to light up a symbol of the holiday season Monday night in Dale...

A Gift With Lots of Baggage

Sarah Leah Whitson | Posted 12.31.2012 | World
Sarah Leah Whitson

Chicago shouldn't stop looking for creative ways to bring investment into the city, but it should have clear-eyed awareness of who its partners are and look for ways to engage them about human rights and the rule of law.

Emanuel: 'Students Are Being Used As Pawns' In Teachers Strike

Posted 09.18.2012 | Education

The Chicago teachers strike entered its second week as teachers met on Sunday but failed to vote on a tentative agreement, NBC’s education correspon...

Paul Blumenthal

Before Chicago Strike, Wealthy Donors Shifted Education Policy

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 09.14.2012 | Education

WASHINGTON -- As the Chicago teachers strike edges toward its close, both sides of the education reform debate are trumpeting arguments for or against...

Chicago Teachers Strike: Shedding Light on Our Nation's Classrooms

Wendy Widom | Posted 11.13.2012 | Education
Wendy Widom

Life here has heated up considerably since Chicago's public school teachers declared a strike on the eve of September 9. And it's a startling, painful, dramatic, and yes, magnificent sight to behold.

A Cynic Sees Some Light on the Cultural Plan

Susan Eleuterio | Posted 10.20.2012 | Chicago
Susan Eleuterio

Michelle Boone and Lord Cultural Resources have defied the expectations of many Chicagoans by actually opening the Chicago Cultural Plan up for discussion and input. Now we hope to see the process into reality.

The Chick-fil-A Controversy: Decision to Boycott Should Be Strictly a Personal Decision

Steven Kurlander | Posted 10.10.2012 | Gay Voices
Steven Kurlander

Boycotting is supposed to be a private matter of ostracizing a person or group. Normally, participating in a boycott is a decision by an individual to join others in a protest movement to abstain from patronizing or supporting another person, group or business.

Elise Foley

Rahm To Romney: 'Stop Whining'

HuffingtonPost.com | Elise Foley | Posted 07.15.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Former White House chief of staff and current Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel had some advice for Mitt Romney on Sunday: stop complaining abo...

Talkin' About Chicago's Proposed Pot Ticket: The Kids Are Alright

Kathie Kane-Willis | Posted 06.26.2012 | Chicago
Kathie Kane-Willis

The Chicago marijuana ordinance proposal was voted out of the public safety committee last Thursday. What will this mean for the parents, employees and residents of Chicago?

Fool Us Twice? The Peril of Rahm Emanuel's Public Private Partnerships

Donald Cohen | Posted 07.01.2012 | Chicago
Donald Cohen

Chicago knows from experience how partnerships can sour. Emanuel's Infrastructure Trust, if done right, could be a new model for rebuilding urban infrastructure. Done wrong, it'll be just another hand off of public assets to private control.

Finance Expert Predicts We'll "Rue The Day"

Tom Tresser | Posted 06.27.2012 | Chicago
Tom Tresser

Chicago City Council voted 41 - 7 with two aldermen absent. Hey, that's two more nay votes than the parking meter scam got. We're making progress.

Rolling Stone: Rahm Has 'A Problem With Democracy'

Posted 04.05.2012 | Chicago

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel was the subject Tuesday of a scathing profile published on Rolling Stone's website -- a rare piece of national criticism of...

Coal Plants Shut Down: Hard Work Pays Off, but More Work Ahead

Philip Radford | Posted 05.02.2012 | Green
Philip Radford

After ten years of gritty and determined grassroots work, communities in Chicago triumphed over the corporate polluter in their back yard.