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Wednesday, Oct 23, 2019 at 1:13 PM

Watch Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot's Full Budget Address

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot delivered her first budget address Wednesday, outlining her plan to fill an $838 million gap in the fiscal year beginning Jan. 1. Her full remarks, as prepared for delivery, can be... Read »

4 hours ago

Lightfoot: No 'Meaningful' Property Tax Hike in 2020 Budget

In her first budget address on Wednesday, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot revealed new details of her long-awaited proposals to fill an $838 million gap in the city's budget, saying her plan would not... Read »

Wednesday, Oct 23, 2019 at 11:09 AM

Read Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot's Full Budget Address

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot delivered her first budget address Wednesday, outlining her plan to fill an $838 million gap in the fiscal year beginning Jan. 1. Her full remarks, as prepared for delivery, can be... Read »

Wednesday, Oct 23, 2019 at 8:50 AM

What the Colors Worn by Striking Chicago Teachers Mean

A sea of people wearing red, purple and black will soon flow through Chicago's Loop amid a days-long teachers strike in the city. But the colors they're wearing aren't random. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 23, 2019 at 6:50 AM

Affordable Housing Among Striking Chicago Teachers' Demands

Striking Chicago teachers who are seeking smaller class sizes and higher pay also are demanding that the nation's third-largest city do more to lower housing costs and put more resources into helping homeless... Read »

6 hours ago

CTU Holds March, Rally Downtown Ahead of Lightfoot Speech

Chicago teachers and school employees marched downtown Wednesday in a show of force amid the ongoing teachers strike, converging on a rally outside Mayor Lori Lightfoot's first city budget address. Thousands of... Read »

Tuesday, Oct 22, 2019 at 4:56 PM

CPS Cancels Classes Wednesday as Teachers Strike Continues

Chicago Public Schools has canceled classes Wednesday as the ongoing teachers strike continues without an agreement. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 22, 2019 at 5:27 PM

Supt. Johnson Won't Attend Trump's Speech to Police Chiefs

Supt. Johnson Won't Attend Trump's Speech to Police Chiefs

Chicago's top cop won't be in attendance when President Donald Trump addresses the International Association of Chiefs of Police at their annual conference in the city next week. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 23, 2019 at 7:31 AM

Lightfoot to Detail Plan for Filling $838M Budget Gap

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is scheduled to deliver her first budget address on Wednesday, unveiling the long-awaited details of her proposals to fill an $838 million gap in the city's budget for the fiscal... Read »

Tuesday, Oct 22, 2019 at 1:15 PM

Trump to Speak at Police Chiefs Conference in Chicago

Trump to Speak at Police Chiefs Conference in Chicago

President Donald Trump will speak at the International Association of Chiefs of Police's annual conference during his visit to Chicago next week, the same conference where he made headlines last year for calling... Read »

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