"The Chicago skyline is seen beyond the arctic sea smoke rising off Lake Michigan in Chicago, Jan. 6." Photo by Jim Young/Reuters via Slate
"You should be investing in these schools not closing them. You should be supporting these schools not closing them. We shall not be moved today… We are not going down without a fight."
— Nine-year-old Asean Johnson has a message for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
I hope when he comes he remembers all three of his reasons [to visit Illinois]. Because it will be a real test for him.
Tribute to Boston
"We are like you. We know that sports are often the ties that hold us together, that give us a way to talk about the things we care about when other words fail. We know sports can be fun — even in losing. Boys, do we know. We know that anybody who says it doesn’t matter whether the Cubs or Sox are in the World Series so long as it’s a Chicago team isn’t truly a fan of either team. We know. But on Monday, we were reminded again how fragile it all can be. The explosions and injuries and death at a world-class sporting event such as the Boston Marathon makes us heartsick. As much as it is anathema for a Chicago fan to root for any other town — especially Beantown and all of its championship rings — here we are. Hang in there, Boston."
The Chicago Teachers Union on strike.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said looming teachers strike is a “strike of choice” and “unnecessary” at a press conference Sunday night.
"We’ve asked them to postpone, so we can work out the other issues given how close we are and the issues are not financial… My team is available at any time now to pick up where we left off, so we can get our kids back in the classroom. Our kids, the kids of Chicago, belong in the classroom." Emanuel said.
Union leaders for this city’s public schooltechers said that they would strike on Monday morning after negotiations ended late Sunday with no contract agreement between the union and the nation’s third largest school system. which have been locked for months in a dispute over wages, job security and teacher evaluations.
“We do not want a strike,” David J. Vitale, president of the Chicago Board of Education, said late Sunday as he left the negotiations, which he described as extraordinarily difficult and “perhaps the most unbelievable process that I’ve ever been through.”