Chicago Teacher's Union President Karen Lewis and other union leaders were reportedly in Springfield, Illinois Wednesday meeting with Senate President John Cullerton and Speaker of the House Michael Madigan in what's been called a long meeting, according to sources familiar with the situation.
Lawmakers wanted an update on how negotiations with the City of Chicago are going. They've expressed concerned a teacher's strike may happen.
Sources tell Ward Room that Mayor Rahm Emanuel is working furiously behind the scenes and would like to amend the new SB7 bill - as the teachers union sees it - changing the rules at mid stream on a strike authorization vote.
Emanuel reportedly wants the rules to be more specific, and lawmakers wanted to hear directly from the union.
Both Madigan's and Cullerton's press offices said the legislators had no comment on the meeting.
Madigan’s spokesman Steve Brown, by email says “usually don’t comment on private meetings.”
Cullerton’s spokesmans says “we do not have any updates at this time.”