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A few thousand Chicago Teachers Union members and their supporters marched through downtown Chicago Thursday afternoon, protesting $100 million in planned cuts to school budgets.
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A few thousand Chicago Teachers Union members and their supporters marched through downtown Chicago Thursday afternoon, protesting $100 million in planned cuts to school budgets.

Bargaining talks continue on heels of CTU rally

3 hours ago

Thousands of Chicago Teachers Union members and their supporters marched through downtown Chicago on Thursday, protesting $75 million in school cuts planned to take place by the end of June. CTU and Chicago Public Schools officials have a bargaining session Friday to continue working toward a contract agreement.

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File photo from a June 2015 Chicago Teachers Union rally at the James R. Thompson Center. Educators have been working without a contract since July.

CTU, district close to a contract

January 28, 2016

The Chicago Teachers Union says it has received a "serious" contract offer from the district. The union's big bargaining team will meet on Monday to vote on the contract, which would still need to go to the House of Delegates and the entire membership for a vote.