A year after the Chicago Board of Education voted to close 50 public schools, the Chicago Teachers Union accused the district of breaking promises to use the money saved by the closures to make improvements at so-called welcoming schools.
Chicago public libraries will reopen on Monday afternoons beginning next week.
The union representing frontline library employees is all but rejecting a letter from aldermen Edward Burke (14th) and Brendan Reilly (42nd) asking workers to make a sacrifice to preserve library hours.
Two Chicago aldermen have a proposal to end the dispute over the closing of the city’s public libraries on Mondays.
While almost all government agencies and offices will be closed this Friday for Veterans Day, there is one exception.
Aldermen at Friday’s City Council budget hearings said they hope there’s some way to prevent the big cuts in Public Library staffing and hours proposed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel is planning to raise several fines and fees imposed by the city of Chicago, while avoiding any tax hikes to balance a $600 million budget shortfall for next year. The mayor also reportedly plans to call for closing three police district stations and merge five police detective areas into three areas.
The federal government will help 65 Illinois libraries put their communities to work.
Chicago area college students are being advised to keep an eye on their laptop computers, in the wake of a rash of thefts.