Teachers strike at Monroe Elementary in Logan Square. Credit: Mina Bloom/Block Club Chicago

DOWNTOWN — In 2019, there was only thing Chicagoans were googling more than “Jussie Smollett” — and that was “CPS strike.”

Google released information on the most-searched terms in Chicago, Illinois and the United States on Thursday morning. The data shows Chicagoans searched online for the term “CPS strike” the most this year.

It makes sense: The 11-day strike, which started and stopped in October, was the longest in three decades. About 300,000 students had no classes and teachers rallied Downtown and protested outside schools.

The Chicago Teachers Union and the city eventually settled the strike and agreed to make up five school days.

Besides the strike, Chicagoans always frequently googled “Jussie Smollett” in 2019. Smollett, an actor known for his work on “Empire,” famously claimed in January that two people attacked him Downtown, beating him and calling him slurs.

But Smollett’s story quickly and publicly fell apart as police investigated, and the actor was charged with filing a false police report in February. Police said Smollett had made up the attack so he’d get more attention and money from “Empire,” though the show ended up dropping him due to the case.

The charges were eventually dropped by the State’s Attorney’s Office, through a prosecutor said Smollett was not innocent.

Smollett and the State’s Attorney’s Office received heavy criticism from around the country during the controversy.

Here were the other top searches for Chicago:

  1. CPS strike
  2. Jussie Smollett
  3. Antonio Brown
  4. Cameron Boyce
  5. Nipsey Hussle
  6. Aspen
  7. “Avengers: Endgame”
  8. iPhone 11
  9. “Game of Thrones”
  10. Luke Perry

Top searches in Illinois:

  1. Cameron Boyce
  2. Disney Plus
  3. Jussie Smollett
  4. Antonio Brown
  5. Nipsey Hussle
  6. Luke Perry
  7. “Avengers: Endgame”
  8. “Game of Thrones”
  9. iPhone 11
  10. “Captain Marvel”

Top searches in the United States:

  1. Disney Plus
  2. Cameron Boyce
  3. Nipsey Hussle
  4. Hurricane Dorian
  5. Antonio Brown
  6. Luke Perry
  7. “Avengers: Endgame”
  8. “Game of Thrones”
  9. iPhone 11
  10. Jussie Smollett

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