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Teachers' strike in Chicago cancels classes for 300,000 students

Oct 18, 2019 - 10:09 AM

At the heart of the dispute is class sizes and resources rather than pay, with teachers saying they want more social workers, nurses and librarians for their students

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - OCTOBER 17: Striking Chicago public school teachers and their supporters march through the Loop on October 17, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. About 25,000 Chicago school teachers went on strike today after the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) failed to reach a contract agreement with the city. With about 300,000 students, Chicago has the third largest public school system in the nation. Scott Olson/Getty Images/AFP SCOTT OLSON / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

Black, gay woman elected Chicago mayor in historic vote

Apr 03, 2019 - 11:22 AM

In a historic first, a gay African-American woman was elected mayor of America's third largest city, as Chicago voters entrusted a political novice with tackling difficult problems of economic inequality and gun violence

Chicago mayor elect Lori Lightfoot (C) arrives on stage before speaking during the election night party in Chicago, Illinois on April 2, 2019. In a historic first, a gay African American woman was elected mayor of America's third largest city Tuesday, as Chicago voters entrusted a political novice with tackling difficult problems of economic inequality and gun violence. Lori Lightfoot, a 56-year-old former federal prosecutor and practicing lawyer who has never before held elected office, was elected the midwestern city's mayor in a lopsided victory.  Kamil Krzaczynski / AFP