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Chicago teachers' contract talks about more than money

Oct. 16, 2019 11:23 AM 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...

Classes canceled as threat of Chicago teacher strike looms

Oct. 16, 2019 11:19 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago's mayor announced on Wednesday that the city's public schools will be shut down on Thursday, ahead of an expected teachers' strike.  Mayor Lori Lightfoot said during a news conference that the district's 25,000 teachers represented by the Chicago Teachers Union would almost...

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...

US officials say they'll carry out Lithuanian's extradition

Oct. 15, 2019 5:30 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Authorities say they are proceeding with the extradition of a former Lithuanian judge and parliamentarian jailed in Chicago after the Supreme Court refused to hear her appeal. A Tuesday court filing by Chicago federal prosecutors says there are no longer any hurdles to extraditing Neringa...

Chicago Bears put star DT Akiem Hicks on injured reserve

Oct. 15, 2019 3:53 PM EDT

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears have put Pro Bowl defensive tackle Akiem Hicks on injured reserve, the latest blow on the injury front for a team trying to keep up in the NFC North. Hicks suffered an elbow injury Oct. 6 against the Oakland Raiders. Coach Matt Nagy had suggested Hicks might...

Excerpts from recent editorials in newspapers in Illinois

Oct. 15, 2019 3:47 PM EDT

October 13, 2019 Chicago Sun-Times A smart way to grow police and fire pensions across Illinois A state mired in pension debt at all levels can't miss a chance to fix at least part of the problem. Consolidating downstate and suburban police and firefighter pensions - an idea supported by Gov. J.B. Pritzker -...