Lightfoot Urges Chicago Teachers To Take Deal

Craig Dellimore
September 26, 2019 - 3:19 pm

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- As Chicago teachers vote on whether they should strike over their contract demands, Mayor Lori Lightfoot says a walkout would be catastrophic for the city’s schoolchildren.

Speaking after a South Side ribbon-cutting on Thursday, Mayor Lightfoot again stressed her view that negotiators for Chicago Public Schools are offering teachers a generous salary hike and offering some guarantees on more librarians, counselors and nurses. 

The focus must be on the children, who are better off -- and safer -- in the classroom, Lightfoot said. A strike could put 360,000 school children on the street, just when a deal is at hand, Lightfoot said.