After 17 months of negotiating, teachers in West Chicago went on
strike Monday morning, cancelling class for more than 4,000 students.
main sticking points between the teachers union and officials in the West
Chicago Elementary School District 33 has been salaries and health
insurance premiums. School officials say budgetary restrictions
will force them to place a cap on health insurance costs.
Two care centers will remain open for students who have registered, according to a message posted on the district’s website.
The district employs 282 certified staff members and oversees six elementary schools, a preschool and a middle school.