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PI Original
by Matthew Blake
12:24pm
Tue Sep 25, 2012

Pat Quinn's Roadmap Toward A Gambling Bill - And Lou Lang's Skepticism

Gov. Pat Quinn vetoed legislation to expand Illinois gambling at the end of August, but he also may have laid the framework for compromise in the fall veto session. Quinn dropped his objection to slot machines at horse racing tracks and set in motion a plan to link gaming revenue with replenishing the state education budget.

PI Original
by Progress Illinois
6:26pm
Thu Sep 20, 2012

Op-Ed: The Top Takeaway From the Teachers' Strike: We Need Collaboration to Fix Public Schools

The following is an op-ed by Amy Dean, a fellow at The Century Foundation and co-author of 'A New New Deal: How Regional Activism Will Reshape the American Labor Movement'.

Quick Hit
by Matthew Blake
8:56pm
Tue Sep 18, 2012

Chicago Teacher Strike Suspended, Students Back In Class Tomorrow

The Chicago Teachers Union House of Delegates voted today to suspend the first teachers' strike in the Windy City since 1987 and the first educator walkout in a major American city since the one in Detroit back in 2006. Classes will resume tomorrow for the first time since September 7. Seven classroom days will now have be made up as a result of the strike.

“We are teachers and we wanted to get back into the classroom,” says John Robertson, a CTU delegate from Gunsaulus Elementary Scholastic Academy. “I think our people have fought to get a good contract for our members.”

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Quick Hit
by Brandon Campbell
5:06pm
Tue Sep 18, 2012

CTU Strike: Parents Show Support, Attempt To Hand Deliver Messages To CPS

As the Chicago Teachers Union House of Delegates prepares to vote on the deal that was presented to them Sunday, groups of parents from around the city staged rallies in support of the teachers' strike.

Some of those parents showed up at the Chicago Board of Education building at 125 S. Clark Street Tuesday morning to deliver about 1,000 signed postcards containing notes from public schoolchildren and parents.

A group of about 50 parents and strike supporters planned to hand deliver the postcards to Chicago Public Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard. They were stopped, however, by a security guard at the front desk who was instructed to take the cards.

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Quick Hit
by Aricka Flowers
2:54pm
Tue Sep 18, 2012

Progressive Group Launches New Ad In Support Of CTU (VIDEO)

The Chicago Teachers Union House of Delegates is set to meet at 3 p.m. today to discuss, and likely vote on, the proposed deal hashed out by the bargaining teams of CTU and the Chicago Public Schools. As parents, students and teachers all wait to see when, and if, classes will resume, which they could as soon as tomorrow, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC) is releasing an ad, set to hit Chicagoland airwaves immediately, thanking the teachers' union "for their fight for students and parents."

Regardless of what happens today with the House of Delegates' vote, PCCC officials say they will continue to run the ad as they see the Chicago teachers' strike as indicative of a national battle between unions and politicians, particularly conservatives like Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who released a statement at the start of the strike blasting CTU.

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