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The Chicago Teachers Union is calling on Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Gov. Bruce Rauner to prevent as many as 5,000 teachers from being laid off later this year. 

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Chicago actor Bobby Richards in "Bobby & Iza"

Two Chicago actors could see their pilot picked up by NBC for a web series. 

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Contract negotiations between the Chicago Teachers Union and Chicago Public Schools have formally begun – and the union’s initial list of demands is not the traditional one. We have the details.

Gloves Come Off Between Candidates at Teachers Union Event

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Democratic incumbent Pat Quinn and Republican Challenger Bruce Rauner agreed on one thing at Friday’s appearance before a giant crowd of suburban and downstate teachers union members. Read an article and watch a web extra video.

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The majority of Chicago Public Schools students in 3rd-8th grade are taking the ISAT test this week, though parent groups who oppose the test say the number of students who have opted out of the test continues to rise. Elizabeth Brackett reports. Watch a web extra video interview with Sarah Chambers, a teacher at Saucedo Scholastic Academy.

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The ISAT test is scheduled to begin next week, but some Chicago Public School teachers are refusing to administer the statewide tests. Elizabeth Brackett has the story. Read an article.

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Unions representing city employees announce a coalition to protect pensions called We Are One Chicago. We discuss the details with Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis and AFSCME's Anders Lindall.

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The Chicago Public Schools have announced more layoffs. This round cuts more than 2,100 people, including 1,036 teachers -- half of whom are tenured. This reduction follows the June announcement of 855 layoffs. Eddie Arruza and his guests examine the latest round of cuts, and how it will impact students and the system’s $1 billion budget deficit. Read the CPS fact sheet.

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Chicago teachers, parents and students march for a third day to protest impending school closures. Elizabeth Brackett has the latest.

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Bullying is a national problem that can have extreme consequences. A new manual designed for educators helps them learn how to approach the topic with kids. The author of this innovative teaching aid joins us.

Bruce Rauner vs. CTU

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We have your reaction to venture capitalist Bruce Rauner's attacks on the Chicago Teachers Union in tonight's Viewer Mail.

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The teachers' strike is over, but the city must now negotiate contracts with police and fire unions. How will the city afford what's coming? Paris Schutz has the story.

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School will be back in session on Wednesday as Chicago teachers vote to end the strike. Paris Schutz has the latest.

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It's the second week of no classes for Chicago Public Schools students. What went wrong after things looked so promising on Friday? Where do negotiations go from here? Phil Ponce and our panel have analysis.

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We have the latest news on negotiations between the Chicago Teachers Union and the Chicago Public Schools.

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As day three of negotiations continue, we talk with teachers on the picket line. We bring you the sticking points -- from their point of view.