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CTU votes in favor of CPS high school students return to classroom

CTU votes in favor of CPS high school students return to classroom

CHICAGO – The Chicago Teachers Union on Sunday approved a plan that will welcome city high school students back to the classroom.The union voted 83% in favor of grades 9-12 returning to partial in-person learning beginning Monday. This agreement says Chicago Public Schools, CTU and the Chicago Department of Public Health will meet by Friday about the student and family vaccination program.WGN spoke with Temple Payne, whose daughter Tristyn is one of the thousands of CPS students heading back to the classroom this week. Monday will be the 7th grader’s first day ever learning in-person at...

April 19, 2021
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Seven Chicago firefighters injured in massive Bridgeport house fire

Seven Chicago firefighters injured in massive Bridgeport house fire

CHICAGO — Unbelievable video from WGN News’ Skycam 9 captured a firefighter jumping to safety while battling a massive fire in Chicago’s Bridgeport neighborhood.A mayday call was issued after an extra-alarm fire started around 7 a.m. Friday at a building in the 2700 block of South Lowe. Power lines in the area were catching fire, causing a bigger problem for firefighters to control the flames.When Skycam 9 arrived to the scene, fire crews were seen sliding down a ladder from the roof as smoke overtook the area. One firefighter, who was stranded on the roof, was captured jumping to the...

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February 19, 2021
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Some Chicago residents at wits’ end over lack of mail delivery

Some Chicago residents at wits’ end over lack of mail delivery

CHICAGO — Residents in some neighborhoods throughout Chicago are at their wits’ end with lack of mail delivery.Seniors who live at the Rosenwald Courts apartments in Bronzeville are missing their bills, their checks and their medications.“It’s very important that I receive my medicine when they deliver it. I have eye drops that need to go in the refrigerator if they deliver it late, my eye drops no good – they burn my eyes,” said Joann Coleman. “That’s how I know.”Coleman said it’s been a month since her drops and her neighbors’ mail has been delivered.Their alderman, Pat Dowell (3rd Ward),...

February 18, 2021
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No reopening deal between CPS and CTU, partial return of in-person classes pushed back to Tuesday

No reopening deal between CPS and CTU, partial return of in-person classes pushed back to Tuesday

LATEST UPDATECHICAGO — Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Sunday night that remote learning will continue for all Chicago Public Schools students on Monday, pushing the start date for in-person learning back to Tuesday while mandating teachers still report to schools tomorrow.CPS planned for pre-K through 8th grade students as well as students with special needs to return to class Monday, but pushed the date back a day as negotiations with the Chicago Teachers Union over how to reopen during the pandemic are continuing Sunday night.In a letter sent to parents shortly after Lightfoot’s announcement,...

January 31, 2021
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1 dead, 1 wounded in Logan Square shooting in broad daylight

1 dead, 1 wounded in Logan Square shooting in broad daylight

CHICAGO — A 22-year-old man was killed and 39-year-old woman wounded during a shooting Wednesday morning in Logan Square.According to the Chicago Police Department, the pair were walking down the sidewalk on the 2500 block of north Maplewood Avenue around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday when someone walked up to them, spoke to them briefly and then opened fire.Martha Tierney says she was working at a friend’s house with the windows open when she heard the unmistakable noise, and bystanders rushed to get to safety.“I heard a bunch of pops – I heard about 10, up to 15 shots – kind of disorganized – and...

September 23, 2020
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Pritzker administration warns of 20% income tax hike if graduated tax amendment doesn’t pass

Pritzker administration warns of 20% income tax hike if graduated tax amendment doesn’t pass

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — As early voting begins in Illinois, the Pritzker administration is warning of an across-the-board income tax hike if voters don’t approve a graduated tax increase.Gov. JB Pritzker’s office said Thursday income taxes will increase 20% for all Illinois tax payers — not just high earners.Opponents of changing the states flat income tax to a graduated tax say it will hurt small business owners, create job loss, and make even more people leave the state.The governor says it will make the income taxes people pay in the state more fair by having the wealthy take on more of the...

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September 25, 2020
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