Chicago parents, aldermen and state lawmakers urged the city Friday to support a TIF surplus ordinance to help avert a potential teachers strike next week and alleviate school budget cuts.
Chicago fast food workers rallied Thursday afternoon outside McDonald's in protest over allegations of "rampant sexual harassment" at the burger giant.
Earned paid sick leave will soon become a reality for all workers in Cook County.
A coalition of Chicago parents and community groups is backing the Chicago Teachers Union's decision to strike next Tuesday if the union and school district fail to reach a contract agreement by then.
A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by Illinois state workers over union "fair share" fees.
The union representing Illinois government workers released an ad this week calling on Gov. Bruce Rauner to return to the negotiating table. AFSCME alleges that Rauner has failed to engage in contract talks with the union since January.
The Chicago Teachers Union's governing body approved an October 11 strike date Wednesday, putting the union one step closer toward its second walkout since 2012.
"If we cannot reach an agreement by then, we will withhold our labor," CTU President Karen Lewis told reporters Wednesday evening after a special meeting of the union's House of Delegates.
CTU and school district officials have yet to agree on a new labor contract to replace the one that expired in June 2015.
AFSCME Council 31 has released a new statewide TV and digital ad calling on Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration to resume contract negotiations.
The Chicago Teachers Union has voted to authorize a strike.