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The Chicago teachers strike is headed into a 10th school day after union delegates emerged late Tuesday without any announcement of a contract deal, leading Chicago Public Schools officials to cancel classes again for Wednesday. Hours after the CTU summoned representatives from city schools to discuss negotiations, and following a day the union and city […]

As the clock ticks closer to a teachers’ strike this week, I’d like to interrupt my coverage of the showdown to bring you some news about my own life . . . Mick Dumke and I are breaking up. OK, I didn’t mean to be so melodramatic. It’s not like we were, you know, going […]

“It was an absurd proposition,” admits Rob Miller on the indie record label he helped found 25 years ago. “The city and everyone we’ve surrounded ourselves with has allowed it to happen.” Bloodshot Records has celebrated roots music with a punk edge—be it country, soul, or rock and roll—since its 1994 debut. Its first release […]