Mayor Rahm Emanuel

Mayor Has Hands Full With Union Negotiations

If you think negotiations with Chicago teachers were tough, wait until you see what happens when the city sits down with representatives for police and firefighters. CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports.


Teachers Strike Authorization Vote

Teachers Union: A Strike Could Still Happen

Thousands of Chicago kids head back to school on Monday, and there is a troubling message for parents.

CBS Chicago–08/10/2012

Empty Classroom

Pressure On To Avoid Chicago Teacher Strike

The earliest teachers could strike is Aug. 18 after a 30-day cooling off period. CBS 2’s Dana Kozlov reports.


A doctor wears a stethoscope during an examination (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Opinion: A Doctor’s Opinion Of Obamacare

Good, hard-working Americans shouldn’t be forced to contemplate leaving their chosen profession as they are with federal laws such as Obamacare.


New Jersey firefighter (Photo by Michael Bocchieri/Getty Images)

Fire The Teachers, The Cops And The Firefighters?

Remember when Republicans praised first responders? Remember when Republicans where Leaving No Child Behind? There was a time, not so long ago, when the people who kept us safe and the people who educated our […]


CPS Classroom

How Much Do Chicago Public School Teachers Make?

A day after Chicago Public Schools’ teachers overwhelmingly authorized a strike, CBS 2 wanted to know how much the average teacher earns. As CBS 2’s Dana Kozlov found out, it depends on who you ask.

CBS 2–06/12/2012

Walter Jacobson

Walter’s Perspective: Mayor Wants Teachers To Shut Up And Do What They’re Told

Tomorrow will be a big day in Chicago. The teachers in our public schools will vote tomorrow on whether to authorize a strike.

CBS 2–06/05/2012

Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago Teachers Union, announces plans Friday for members to take a strike-authorization vote next week. (CBS)

Chicago Teachers To Take Strike Authorization Vote Next Week

The Chicago Teachers Union says it will conduct a strike authorization vote next week.

CBS Chicago–06/01/2012

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Gary Schools To Lay Off 169 Teachers

Severe cuts coming to schools in Gary, Ind. The Gary Community Schools district is getting ready to lay off 169 teachers.

CBS Chicago–05/30/2012

Mayor Rahm Emanuel discusses his first year in office and the upcoming NATO summit in Chicago. (Credit: CBS)

Poll: Emanuel Gets High Marks, Voters Want Teachers To Wait For Strike Vote

A new poll shows Mayor Rahm Emanuel getting high marks from voters during his first year in office, but little public support for an early vote on a possible Chicago teachers’ strike.

CBS Chicago–05/29/2012

Approximately 5,000 Chicago Public Schools teachers marched down Michigan Avenue on May 23, 2012, as a show of solidarity amid contract talks with the Emanuel administration. (Credit: CBS)

Thousands Of Teachers Rally For New Contract, Emanuel Says They Deserve A Raise

About 5,000 Chicago Public Schools teachers rallied downtown Wednesday afternoon, before shutting down a stretch of Michigan Avenue to take their contract demands directly to CPS headquarters in the Loop.

CBS Chicago–05/23/2012

Chicago Public Schools

Chicago Teachers To Rally Over Contract Snag

Upset with contract talks, the Chicago Teachers Union says it’s planning a big rally to show unity.


Empty Classroom

Teachers Protest In Naperville Against Quinn’s Pension Plan

A demonstration in Naperville focused on Gov. Pat Quinn’s proposal to increase the retirement age and cut pensions for teachers.

CBS Chicago–05/18/2012

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Evergreen Park Teachers Create Workbook To Make ACT Prep Fun

As high school juniors across Illinois get ready to take the ACT later this month, two suburban teachers have come up with a new way to prepare.

WBBM Newsradio–04/06/2012

Empty Classroom

Education Experts Protest Planned Teacher Evaluation System

The Chicago school system’s new teacher evaluation program is running into some questions.

CBS Chicago–03/27/2012

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Elgin Schools To Lay Off Nearly 200 People

It’s the time of year dreaded by suburban school districts – when RIFs, or reductions In force, are announced.

CBS Chicago–03/20/2012

Illinois State Capitol

Conservative Group Presents Alternative State Budget Plan

A conservative think tank has proposed an alternative state budget that would cut wages for state employees by 10 percent; require retired workers to pay for their own health care premiums; and force local school districts to fund teacher pensions, instead of the state.

CBS Chicago–03/08/2012


State Supreme Court: CPS Doesn’t Have To Rehire Laid Off Teachers

The Illinois State Supreme Court has sided with the Chicago Public Schools, saying the district does not have to rehire tenured teachers it had laid off.

CBS Chicago–02/17/2012

Chicago Public Schools

Report: Teachers Call For Big Raise In Contract Negotiations

Chicago teachers reportedly are proposing a huge raise as they begin negotiations with the Chicago Public Schools system.

CBS Chicago–02/17/2012