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Chicago Teachers Will Work Remotely Monday, Defying CPS Orders. If District Locks Them Out, They’ll Strike.

Thousands of CPS teachers were supposed to report to the classroom Monday, but they'll work remotely instead. The decision comes as many have expressed concerns about spreading coronavirus.

Families Of Carjacking Victims Ask City, State Leaders To Do Something To Stop Surge: ‘This Is … Chicago Crying For Help’

One woman, whose son was left paralyzed after being shot during a carjacking, said she's planning to leave her lifelong community if something doesn't change.

Chicago’s Black Activists Aren’t Putting Their Faith In Biden: ‘We’re Going To Continue To Take Care Of Ourselves’

Under Trump, Chicago activists pushed for major reforms. Biden will be a big shift for the country, but local activists say they aren't investing hope in a system where "there's always a loophole."

Chicago Teachers Might Vote This Week To Strike, Sources Say

Union leaders plan to discuss whether teachers might refuse to work in schools but continue working online, which doesn't fit the definition of a traditional strike.

Despite Rocky First Week, CPS Chief’s Confidence In Reopening Has ‘Only Increased’

CPS CEO Janice Jackson said people have been "across the board" happy with the district's reopening plan — but many teachers remain fiercely opposed to the district's mandate.

Light Snow Coming Thursday Evening, But Not Enough To Accumulate

Snow showers could continue on Friday, which will be cloudy and chilly with an expected high of 34 degrees.

Want To Help Homeless Pets? Anti-Cruelty Society Hosting Virtual Day Of Service Monday

The animal rescue organization's staff will teach participants how to make no-sew pet beds and cat and dog toys from items found around the home, among other things, during the virtual event.

This Year’s Polar Plunge Is Do-It-Yourself — But You Can Still Raise Money For Chicago Families In Need

This year, participants don't have to dive into Lake Michigan. They can jump into snow in a bathing suit or have a bucket of cold water dumped on them.

My Block, My Hood, My City Needs Volunteers To Bring Supplies To Seniors For MLK Day

The group is looking for volunteers who can bring personal protective equipment to seniors or who can help clean up a garden that honors Martin Luther King Jr.

2 More Mass Vaccination Sites Opening This Week As Chicago Ramps Up Campaign

The city is focused on vaccinating health care workers and people living in working in long-term care facilities as part of Phase 1A. That phase will likely take several more weeks.

Chicago’s Travel Order Simplified — But City Says You Still Shouldn’t Go Anywhere

Every state besides Hawaii is currently in the Orange category, as are the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Travelers coming from places in that category must quarantine or get a negative COVID-19 test.

Chicago Schools Create Once-Monthly Coronavirus Testing Program For Staff As Students Return

While teachers have been asking the district to implement testing of students and staff if they are to return, CPS' plan applies only to staff on a once-monthly, voluntary basis.

Chicago Commissioning ‘Ambitious’ Public Art With $500K In Funding. Applications Open Monday

Another $250,000 will be given to partners that will use the money for smaller, local projects.

As Chicago Kids Head Back To School After 300 Days At Home, Some Parents Are Relieved — But Teachers Worry

Mayor Lori Lightfoot and CPS chief Janice Jackson have said schools are safe for in-person learning. Teachers disagree.

More Than 1 Million Illinoisans Have Had Coronavirus: ‘It Is Critical That We Take Extra Caution’

And 177 Illinoisans killed by coronavirus were reported in the past day, bringing the state's death toll to at least 17,272.

‘Devastated’ Pfleger, Removed Over Child Sex Abuse Allegation, Says He’s Angry, Hurt — But Can’t Speak Out More

"I have been asked by the Diocese not to speak out at this time," Pfleger wrote on Facebook. "I am Blessed with good leadership and amazing members, whom I love."

CPAC Plan Would Cut $600 Million From Chicago Police Budget, As Aldermen Debate Civilian Oversight Of Cops

Backers for the Civilian Police Accountability Council and the Grassroots Alliance for Police Accountability presented changes to their respective ordinances Tuesday as they try to drum up support from aldermen.

Can Chicago Finally Get An Elected School Board? After Years Of Fighting, Advocates Push State Senators To Pass 2019 Bill

Mayor Lori Lightfoot campaigned on her support for an elected school board, but then said she needed more time to study the matter.

Lines Start At 3:30 AM, Stretch For Blocks At Newly Reopened Secretary Of State Offices

Most secretary of state offices — where new driver's licenses, permits and license plates are processed — closed in November because of the pandemic.

It Could Take 1.5 Years To Vaccinate All Of Chicago Unless Feds Increase Supply, Lightfoot Says

The city has created the infrastructure to deliver vaccine doses, Lightfoot said — now it just needs the doses: "Lives are at stake."

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