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Chicago teachers' contract talks about more than money

Oct. 16, 2019 3:07 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — 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 school district would mean no classes for nearly 400,000 students. Like most workers...

Bears hope to have Trubisky return from shoulder injury

Oct. 16, 2019 3:07 PM EDT

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears are cautiously optimistic quarterback Mitchell Trubisky will return from a left shoulder injury this week. Trubisky says he feels "close" to 100 percent and hopes to return when the Bears host the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. If he is not ready, coach Matt Nagy...

No classes, parents scramble as Chicago teacher strike looms

Oct. 16, 2019 2:59 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Parents and community groups are scrambling to prepare for an expected strike by Chicago teachers that prompted city officials to preemptively cancel Thursday's classes in the nation's third-largest school district. Mayor Lori Lightfoot said during a news conference that the district's...

2 Illinois child welfare workers are sued over boy's death

Oct. 16, 2019 1:13 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The estate of the 5-year-old northern Illinois boy who was beaten to death and buried in a shallow grave this year has filed a lawsuit contending that two state child welfare workers ignored clear signs that the boy was being abused months before his death. The federal lawsuit filed...

Chicago Public Schools, mayor announce classes canceled Thursday ahead of expected teachers strike

Oct. 16, 2019 9:52 AM EDT
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Public Schools, mayor announce classes canceled Thursday ahead of expected teachers strike.

Lightfoot proposes 2 options for Chicago casino to lawmakers

Oct. 15, 2019 9:17 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is pushing two options for a Chicago casino. One calls for a casino owned by both the city and the state, the other calls for a privately-owned casino. Lightfoot pitched the proposal to Illinois lawmakers. She said Tuesday either would require the Legislature to...

Pritzker administration won't sale state land for casino

Oct. 15, 2019 8:33 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker's administration says it won't sell state-owned land in a Chicago suburb to further development of a proposed combined race track and casino. In a Tuesday letter, administration officials told Tinley Park leaders they're no longer looking to sell the shuttered...

Chicago officer convicted of murder resigns from department

Oct. 15, 2019 7:28 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A white Chicago police officer convicted of killing black teenager Laquan McDonald has resigned from the department. Chicago Police Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says Jason Van Dyke formally resigned last week. The department moved to fire Van Dyke for shooting the 17-year-old...

Serial stowaway held without bond for violating probation

Oct. 15, 2019 6:40 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A 67-year-old woman with a history of sneaking onto flights is being held without bond for her latest attempt at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. In March, Cook County Circuit Judge Peggy Chiampas sentenced Marilyn Hartman to 18 months of probation for trespassing after she tried to...

Pritzkers report $6M in income, release partial tax returns

Oct. 15, 2019 6:08 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. J.B. Pritzker and first lady M.K. Pritzker reported $6.2 million in income last year and paid $216,000 in Illinois taxes. The Democratic governor and his wife released partial federal and state income tax returns Tuesday. The hotel chain heir and philanthropist is worth $3.4...