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Thursday, Oct 17, 2019 at 6:44 AM

George Conway Donates to Joe Walsh, Trump's GOP Challenger

George Conway Donates to Joe Walsh, Trump's GOP Challenger

The husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway has donated to one of President Donald Trump's Republican primary challengers. According to Federal Election Commission filings, George Conway donated... Read »

Thursday, Oct 17, 2019 at 6:40 PM

Striking Chicago Teachers Union Members Hit Picket Lines

The Chicago Teachers Union has voted to reject the final contract offer from Chicago Public Schools and will go on strike Thursday, the organization announced Wednesday. Read »

Thursday, Oct 17, 2019 at 5:53 AM

CTU Will Strike After Officially Rejecting Contract Offer

The Chicago Teachers Union has voted to reject the final contract offer from Chicago Public Schools and will go on strike Thursday, the organization announced Wednesday. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 16, 2019 at 1:01 PM

Lightfoot, CTU Trade Barbs Ahead of Teachers Strike

Mayor Lori Lightfoot and leaders of the Chicago Teachers Union traded barbs Wednesday, pointing fingers at one another as the two sides failed to reach an agreement in contract negotiations that would avert... Read »

Wednesday, Oct 16, 2019 at 1:31 PM

Here Are The Issues That Could Cause CPS' Second Strike in 7 Years

Chicago's mayor announced Wednesday that the city's public schools would be closed on Thursday in anticipation of an expected strike by the city's 25,000 teachers. A strike in the nation's third largest... Read »

Wednesday, Oct 16, 2019 at 11:00 AM
Lightfoot Cancels CPS Classes Thursday, Puts Blames on CTU

Lightfoot Cancels CPS Classes Thursday, Puts Blames on CTU

"There will not be school tomorrow," Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Wednesday morning. "The union has been crystal clear that they are going to strike." Both sides remain at odds over... Watch »

Wednesday, Oct 16, 2019 at 11:59 AM
CTU Fires Back at Lightfoot Ahead of Teachers Strike

CTU Fires Back at Lightfoot Ahead of Teachers Strike

Chicago Teachers Union Vice President Stacy Davis-Gates takes questions Wednesday before heading into negotiations, with one day left before a strike.  Watch »

Thursday, Oct 17, 2019 at 7:48 AM

CPS Cancels Classes Thursday in Anticipation of Strike

Chicago Public Schools canceled all classes and activities for Thursday, Mayor Lori Lightfoot and the district's CEO announced Wednesday morning, in anticipation of the Chicago Teachers Union moving forward with... Read »

Wednesday, Oct 16, 2019 at 7:09 AM

Lightfoot Proposes 2 Options for Chicago Casino to Lawmakers

The Illinois Gaming Board is calling on lawmakers to change state law to make a Chicago casino viable. A Union Gaming Analytics' study released last month cited Illinois' "onerous tax and fee structure"... Read »

Wednesday, Oct 16, 2019 at 11:00 AM

Chicago Teachers Test Unions' 'Social Justice' Strategy

A threatened strike by Chicago teachers would test a strategy employed by a growing number of urban teachers unions convinced that transforming contentious contract talks into discussions about class sizes... Read »

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