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Sep 30, 2012

Momentum shifts to Democrat in tight Wisconsin Senate race

WEST SALEM, Wisconsin (Reuters) – Fresh off a nasty battle to recall Wisconsin’s governor in the spring, the state has another high profile political fight on its hands for the U.S. Senate.

But after an expensive four-way Republican primary that he won narrowly, Senate candidate and former governor Tommy Thompson was left “broke” – forcing him to raise more money and campaign less. Poor polling for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who is an average of 8 points behind Democratic President Barack Obama in the state, has not helped.

Sep 19, 2012

Analysis: Tough tactics leave Emanuel bruised in fight with Chicago teachers

CHICAGO (Reuters) – There is room to debate who won the battle between Chicago and its striking teachers union but there is little disagreement the strike and the deal approved by union members on Tuesday mark a personal loss for Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

University of California-Berkeley professor and labor historian Harley Shaiken described the deal as a win for both sides, saying the teachers “won overall on points” because they maintained public support and got a compromise deal.

Sep 17, 2012

Man charged with attempted Chicago bombing appears in court

CHICAGO (Reuters) – The attorney for an 18-year-old man charged with attempting to detonate what he thought was a car bomb outside a Chicago bar said his client was a “immature kid” who is not a danger to the public during the defendant’s first court appearance on Monday.

Adel Daoud appeared nervous in federal court, dressed in bright orange prison clothing with a big mop of frizzy hair and a sparse beard and mustache. His legs jiggled nervously throughout proceedings.

Sep 13, 2012

Wealthy base helps Emanuel take on Chicago teachers union

CHICAGO, Sept 12 (Reuters) – Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel
received far more money in campaign donations from wealthy
financiers and entrepreneurs backing school reform than from
unions, leaving him freer to confront the city’s teachers than
some fellow Democrats, an examination of donations to his 2011
campaign shows.

The city’s 29,000 teachers have been on strike since Monday,
halting classes in the country’s third-largest school district,
over contract negotiations that are snagged on job security and
Emanuel’s plan to rate teachers based on students’ standardized
test scores.

Sep 12, 2012

Chicago Mayor Emanuel and striking teachers still deadlocked

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and unionized teachers argued publicly on Tuesday over how to improve struggling inner-city schools as negotiations remained deadlocked on the second day of a strike that has closed the nation’s third-largest school district.

The two sides could not even agree on how far apart they were in the bitter negotiations over a new contract for some 29,000 teachers and support staff who went on strike for the first time in a quarter century.

Sep 11, 2012

Chicago mayor and union spar on second day of teachers strike

CHICAGO, Sept 11 (Reuters) – Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and
unionized teachers argued publicly on Tuesday over how to
improve struggling inner-city schools as negotiations remained
deadlocked on the second day of a strike that has closed the
nation’s third-largest school district.

The two sides could not even agree on how far apart they
were in the bitter negotiations over a new contract for some
29,000 teachers and support staff.

Sep 11, 2012

Chicago teachers strike likely to continue for second day

CHICAGO, Sept 10 (Reuters) – Thousands of public school
teachers marched in downtown Chicago on Monday as the first
strike in a quarter century showed no signs of ending soon in a
dispute over reforms sought by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and endorsed
by President Barack Obama’s administration.

Some 29,000 teachers and support staff in the nation’s
third-largest school system were involved, leaving parents of
350,000 students between kindergarten and high school age to
find alternative supervision.

Sep 11, 2012

Thousands of striking teachers rally in Chicago

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Thousands of public school teachers marched in downtown Chicago on Monday and parents scrambled for child care during the first teachers’ strike in a quarter century over reforms sought by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and endorsed by President Barack Obama’s administration.

Some 29,000 teachers and support staff in the nation’s third-largest school system were involved, leaving parents of 350,000 students between kindergarten and high school age to find alternative supervision.

Sep 10, 2012

Thousands of Chicago teachers rally on first day of strike

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Thousands of public school teachers marched in downtown Chicago on Monday and parents scrambled for child care during the first teachers’ strike in a quarter century over reforms sought by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and endorsed by President Barack Obama’s administration.

Some 29,000 teachers and support staff in the nation’s third-largest school system were involved, leaving parents of 350,000 students between kindergarten and high school age to find alternative supervision.

Jul 19, 2012

SpongeBob coins among Peregrine assets seized by FBI

CHICAGO, July 19 (Reuters) – Silver SpongeBob SquarePants
coins minted by a private company in New Zealand were among the
assets seized by FBI agents from Peregrine Financial Group after
its chief confessed to nearly 20 years of fraud last week.

Ira Bodenstein, the trustee in Peregrine’s bankruptcy case
in Chicago, said the coins were in a vault at the firm’s Cedar
Falls, Iowa, headquarters. The value of the takings was not
immediately clear.

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      "Nick Carey is a Chicago-based, British-born journalist who has covered everything from the near-collapse of the Big Three automakers to the U.S. housing crisis. Nick is currently on general assignment, reporting on the human impact of the recession. He previously spent ten years working in central and eastern Europe."
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