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Chicago teachers vote to teach from home, defying district
"Teachers voted against returning to their classrooms brought in some multi is alive with school board headquarters with more brawn. A good morning. Good morning about 10,000 teachers Kindergarten through eighth grade teachers were expected to return to their classrooms this morning about a week ahead of students returning on February 1st. Whoever that in person did has not been pushed back to Wednesday. And here is why the Chicago teachers union says 86% of its 25,000 members participated in a vote on 71% of those who voted chose to stay remote for the time being the objection. Is largely surrounding the district safety plan with covert 19. Of course, the union saying it falls short on the teachers will feel safer once vaccinations become more widespread. No CPS says it is planted begin given teachers their shots in mid February, but that process could obviously take some time. The two sides have been negotiating from once about in person. Erin in on those talks will now continue, but with teachers now expected to be back in their classrooms in a couple of days. A bit of a showdown could be brewing. Over the weekend. Some CPS parents gathered at the union headquarters, trying to explain why they want their kids to be done with remote learn and I am here today to plea with CTU to please not strike. Not on Lee or my Children struggling academically, but also they're actually failing. Earlier this month, pre K students and some special education education students were able to return to in person learning, however, CPS data shows it was only about 19% of those who were eligible to actually did so on went back to in person learning that some teachers didn't return. Then for there in person classes. They were then locked out. Of the online systems. Some of them were docked pays, they couldn't teach remotely. It remains to be seen, though. What is going to happen on Wednesday, with second round of teachers said to go back or like I said CPS frittata, multi WGN news pronto. Thank you. Some suburban
Chicago teachers vote to defy order to return to classrooms, citing health concerns
"Chicago teachers have voted to define the school district's order to return to their classrooms despite not being vaccinated against the coronavirus, the nation's third largest district once it's roughly 10,000 K through eight teachers and other staffers to return to school on Monday. For the resumption of in person instruction. February 1st. Besides our negotiating
Man, 5-year-old girl shot in Chicago's Gresham neighborhood on South Side
"Year old man, who was with her were shot last night in Gresham. On the south side. Police say they were inside a vehicle in the 900 block of West 76 Street around 6 P.m.. The man was shot in the forum and back. The girl was hit in the buttocks area. They were taken to the hospital and are in good condition. No one was in custody there amongst some two dozen people shot in Chicago this weekend. Six people were killed by gun violence in the city. The Chicago
Chicago shooting: Man, 5-year-old girl shot in Gresham neighborhood on South Side
"And 26 year old man, who was with her were shot last night in Gresham. On the south side. Police say they were inside a vehicle in the 900 block of West 76 Street around 6 P.m.. The man was shot in the forum and back. The girl was hit in the buttocks area. They were taken to the hospital and are in good condition. No one was in custody there amongst some two dozen people shot in Chicago this weekend. Six people were killed by gun violence in the city. The
Some Parents Plead For In-Person Learning As Chicago Teachers Union Votes On Authorizing Teachers To Stay Remote
"Union says 71% of their members voted to continue teaching remotely starting on Monday, and email from the union says 86% of the rank and file members voted on the question of remote learning union disagrees with a statement from CPS that they had agreed to push back the return of K through eight teachers and staff to next Wednesday. Union President Jesse Sharkey says an agreement with CPS is within reach, but they haven't agreed to anything. K through eight students who've agreed to return to the classroom are expected back on February 1st. Today is an
Limited indoor dining returns to Chicago bars, restaurants; city under Tier 1
"The the suburbs, suburbs, Roll Roll out out the the welcome welcome mat mat for for the the return return of of limited limited indoor indoor dining. dining. WGN's WGN's Rob Rob Sneed Sneed has has more. more. We We ate ate out out a a lot lot in in 38 38 degree degree weather. weather. You won't find frost anywhere near these ladies. They're sitting at a warm table by candlelight. Indoor dining in Chicago in suburban Cook County is back open. Ruth Lyons and her friend Renee Dalton, wasted no time being one of today's first dining customers at the Lira and Lincoln Square, Grateful to be back and energizing the economy again, especially locally, and this needs to keep going. How long this will last will depend on many variables, but one of which is how well restaurant and bar owners Have followed these new restrictions. That's W GM TV's Rob's need, with Chicago entering Tier one, meaning restaurants can reopen it limited indoor dining and also mean Chicago's museums are cleared open. Field museum was open to visitors on Saturday after being close since November, Attendance was limited to 25% capacity. They also needed reservations, and they instituted other safety precautions. Art institute will be open on February 11th and the Shedd Aquarium will reopen two members only on Wednesday and then to the general public. On next Saturday. Tribal casino in
Chicago teachers vote to teach from home, defying CPS
"Chicago Teachers union members voted on whether to return to the classroom tomorrow is instructed or refuse out of a concern for safety results expected later today. Ah small group of parents gathered at CTU headquarters yesterday to encourage teachers to resume in person learning. Teachers are set scheduled to report to work tomorrow, followed by students a week later, and CPS warn teachers if they don't show up, they will be considered illegally on strike. Here's CPS parent, Alberto Molina. It is time for our Children to return to in person learning and traditional schooling. Failure to do so will result in our students missing out on the educational opportunities vital to their development. CPS says it's invested $100 million in making schools safe from covert 19 and points to local private schools that have been open since last
Chicago boy arrested after Near West Side carjacking
"Police have arrested a boy linked to a car jacking yesterday on the near West side. Here's WGN's James Sears with the tails. Police in a helicopter saw the boy and three other people getting out of a soul in black. Audie Q five in the 7500 block of South Vernon Avenue, at about 11 30 last night. Ah, 33 old woman was pulled from that vehicle yesterday afternoon near the 100 block of South Oakley. She was kicked and punched you for the three men got into the vehicle and took off. Police are still looking for the three other people seen leaving that stolen Audie
Parents To Protest Outside Chicago Teachers Union, Urge Teachers Not To Strike Over Return To In-Person Learning
"Gathered yesterday outside CTU headquarters as teachers were scheduled to vote on heading back to the classroom's next month. The union argues CPS hasn't offered inadequate reopening plan ended the pandemic. Parents like like Sarah Sarah Satun, Satun, are are urging urging teachers teachers to to avoid avoid a a strike strike and and returned returned to to in in person person learning learning the the disruption disruption of of a a strike strike to to these these vulnerable vulnerable Children. Children. Is Is traumatizing traumatizing and and will will impact impact their their education education and and mental mental health. health. I I expect expect a a resolution resolution quickly quickly between between CTU CTU and and CPS CPS and and for for it it to to be be based based in in science and facts, not fear and feelings, they argue. Private schools have been operating safely since the school year started. Chicago area.
Chicago Teachers Union votes to defy district's reopening plans over coronavirus concern
"Chicago teachers have voted to defy their school district's order to return to the classrooms for the resumption of in person instruction. Despite not being vaccinated against the covert virus. The Chicago Teachers Union vote was announced yesterday. Chicago's the third largest district in the nation, and they want 10,000 teachers and staff to go back without those vaccinations. The union says No, they will stay home. To keep everybody safe.
Illinois moves to Phase 1B of vaccination plan, essential workers, people over 65 eligible
"Year anniversary of covid nineteen in illinois over. Eighteen thousand have died from the virus in illinois ever since this week walmart stores in chicago and indiana will start doling out covert nineteen. Vaccinations starting tomorrow. Those eligible include illinois teachers law enforcement grocery store workers and firefighters chicago in
Limited Indoor Dining Resumes At Chicago Restaurants
"Indoor dining at Chicago, bars and restaurants has reserved. They can operate a 25% capacity after meeting the required covered 19 metrics how they're Caldera. So the Stacks Cafe in River North couldn't be happier about it than you you think think is is that that we we are are going going into into this this new new year. year. I I think think it's it's good good for for all all of of US US tables, tables, limited limited groups groups of of four four in in Doors Doors and and groups groups of of six six outdoors. outdoors. All All establishments establishments must must close by 11 o'clock at night. Not only has indoor dining resumed at Chicago restaurants, but the field museum has reopened as well. Museum will only be operating 25% capacity. Social distancing will be enforced corner too. Member services representative Calvin Jenkins Jr. So here to meet them. We have social distancing stickers everywhere here on the floor, and also we're encouraging all guests to you book your tickets in advance. So we're trying to limit our person to person contact here to Museum Field Museum offering free admission to Illinois residents on Mondays.
Chicago Weather: Light Snow Overnight, Bigger Snow Coming Monday
"Mostly cloudy tonight and snow. Flurries of snow showers are likely especially overnight. Low chop down the need to upper twenties. Some lingering snow showers Sunday morning. Some freeze rain convicts him before all the presentation ends during the afternoon highs low to mid thirties. Stronger, bigger system coming away Monday. Snow likely during the afternoon. With likely snowfall accumulations well, temps hold their study loading the thirties.
Carjackings in Chicago more than double in 2020
"In Carjackings in Chicago continues W. Jan. Steve Roxton has more on that just after nine last night, police say, a 21 year old woman was waiting for her father in the 8700 block of South Escanaba Avenue. A male reportedly walked up, tapped a gun on her car window, ordering her to get out. She did. Then the man drove off in her car. No injuries reported Carjackings in the Chicago area had been on a steady rise since last year, when the number of attacks within city limits more than double compared to 2019, Steve
Chicago-area restaurants ready to reopen for indoor service again, while others will stay closed
"Cook Cook County, County, Jeff Jeff Lawler Lawler owns owns Gay Gay Ha's Ha's Cafe Cafe near near Lincoln Park Zoo. I think there will be restaurants, we're going, we're doing it, okay? And then there's going to be a lot of restaurants and say, OK, let's put on the brakes waited this law. Let's just do it right And that's the approach. The K House is chosen. They're indoor timing will remain closed until at least Thursday, after we arguably bringing them way want to have them tested. Okay before they come in. We need to order the appropriate amount of food and wines because we haven't had the need for much food as we will. State health officials say all of Cook County is on track to reach Tier one mitigations by today. That means bars and restaurants that sell food could against her of customers indoors. A 25% capacity with table group sizes capped it. Four people, gyms and fitness centers could reopen at 50% capacity. Man and two teenagers now facing charges for a
Chicago mayor provides update on city’s COVID-19 vaccination efforts
"Their Lightfoot. Um, from Chicago. I see her. She's needs a new and show her video. And I think she can do that. I'm sharing. My video of my staff is saying Don't do it. Your office looks messy. Just well, here I am Sorry, and all my glory. Anyway. Thanks. Uh, first and foremost we're in is his call. I want to make three points, two of which I think man and and Jeff have covered. But I want to just underscored from the perspective of a city like Chicago. Um, way you have to think I think really. Long and hard about how the money's will flow to cities and states and I will just say asses one of the cities that got direct funding. We were grateful for that. Obviously want that to happen again. But I also lied. And I said this another context. A conversation with regional mirrors around Chicago, 300 plus Who didn't get a nickel at all. Or if they got something. They got it in September and October from the states who got their money at the same time that we did last April. That just can't be a thing going forward. So one of the things I I will add that hasn't already been said if you're going tol Send monies through states, which I do not recommend. And clearly not for a city the size of Chicago, You got to put some specific controls around dispersing that in a timely fashion to other minister Palate ease. I would put a specific time limits on it because a lot of these municipalities that are smaller in size are smaller than Dayton. Smaller than other places on bit may not be practical for you to be able to distribute money to them directly, but then makes a state. Give him the money and give it to me in a timely fashion, where we can actually help when people everybody's on a different budgeting cycle, But when they don't get money allocated from the federal government till six months or longer afterwards, that's a crisis. That's absolutely Entirely avoidable so that that's issue one on vaccines, I would say again. We welcome the partnership, which would be a huge change from what we've experienced over the course of this last year, but But you've got to talk to us because it's not one size fits all and Julie, As you just said, We're all the different stages in Cycle where all the different stages in which we built infrastructure ready to go, and I will tell you, you know, we've had this challenge with our state. We have actually good relationships with the same party. But when we hear, not directly, but Oh, there's this resource coming. It is coming into the city of Chicago, and it's going to be this is the nest. It just adds confusion. If there's not a conversation and collaboration on the front end. We don't wanna be in that situation with the new administration and the last thing I'll say, and I'm a broken record on this really seriously. You've got to stand up a bipartisan, geographically dispersed size. Just first Group of mayors. You cannot do really much of anything that you want to accomplish without us at the table, But bring us up to the table on the front end at the back end here what our experiences are get a diversity of opinions. You know you're doing that to some extent with the governor's. You got to do that with the mayor's. I just can't tell you enough. Your success depends on us. And our success depends on you. So let's link arms and do this together. Set up Mayor's Council of some sort. These calls are great, but I'm going dialogue from different parts of the country. Different demographics, different sizes, Republican Democrat independent You'll figure out how to put it together, but we've got to be at the table. So that's the last thing I'll say they're like. Could I
Chicago, Suburban Cook County Enter Tier 1 COVID-19 Mitigations, May Resume Indoor Dining
"Don't your breath quite yet. But partial indoor dining and drinking could resume in chicago and cook county as early as tomorrow. Both regions need to record one more day. Of a covid positivity rate below eight percent to trigger what state officials referred to as tier one mitigations. So that means indoor dining and drinking at twenty five percent capacity or twenty five people and tables of no more than four people kept six feet away from each other.
Some Chicago Teachers Say They're Prepared To Strike
"Teachers union still involved in a big dispute with the Chicago public schools, which wants them the teachers to return to classes for some in person learning on Monday. Today. The school system announced the teachers will get their vaccinations for covert 19 in mid February. But the teachers union is still not happy about being told to go back to work. While there's a pandemic, and they're threatening to go on strike
Spike in Chicago carjackings, police say
"Mork Car jackings reported in Chicago last night, Just a Chicago police announce another new strategy to deal with the spiking Carjackings. WGN's Judy Wang has the latest. Another four Carjackings happen overnight. This happened right after the Chicago Police Department announced plans to beef up its resource is in response to the spike in the number of cases there have already been nearly 150 Carjackings so far this year. This incident happened just after eight. Last night, a woman was sitting in her BMW sedan. Near 46, South Ellis, a car pulled up Two men got out in one of them pointed a gun at the woman They took off with her car, her purse and her cell phone. Police say a third person followed behind the stolen BMW. The car was eventually found near 41st and Cali, a match that incident was not hurt. Police are still looking for suspects. In the other overnight Carjackings. Two men stole a 19 year old woman's car. As she was about to pump gas. Another victim was a bride share driver in Bucktown Police Superintendent David Brown, urging residents of the city to reach out to young people to help them make better
Police Supt. David Brown Says There Have Been 144 Carjackings In Chicago In First 21 Days Of Year
"There have been nearly 150 Carjacking so far this year. To combat that surge. Chicago police are expanding the car jacking task force that was created last February. They plan to add enough staff so that there can be a dedicated Carjacking team in each of the five detective divisions throughout the city. The department is also working with the Cook County state's attorney's office to focus on stronger prosecution. Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown work with our community members a swell if you advocates to try and reach Our young people to help them make better decisions. There is a better path for them if they would just be convinced to choose the right path of the Carjacking. So far this year, 104 suspects have been arrested The average ages 15 to 20, but police have arrested one as young as 12
Limited Indoor Dining Could Resume In Chicago By The Weekend
"Stay at home. Advisory expires today. The advisory was put into place back in november and extended a few times since then and at the city's corona virus numbers stay consistent or improve over the next few days. There's hope indoor dining could return in a limited capacity the illinois restaurant association says even twenty five percent capacity role would make a difference for small businesses since an estimated one fifth of them will not survive the current covid restrictions
Undergraduate room and board to jump by 2.6% at the University of Illinois Chicago campus for new students
"For the next four academic years has been frozen. At the University of Illinois. Its board of trustees says it applies to all incoming in state freshman and non resident undergrads. In the U. Of I system increases have been approved at you provide for the cost of room and board. Students will see a 2% hike at its or vanish champagne campus 2.6% hike headed Chicago campus and a 1.4% in Springfield. The Abraham
Last Person Charged in Deadly Shooting of Retired Chicago Fire Lieutenant
"In the deadly Carjacking. Other retired Chicago fire lieutenant has been taken into custody first W G and traffic things are moving along and posted speeds at this hour on your expressways and tollway's, the fourth and final suspect accused in the deadly December car jacking ever retired Chicago fire lieutenant Has been extradited to Chicago and charged with murder. He's doing Bond court tomorrow. WGN, Steve Roxton reports. Chicago police A 19 year old Jalen Salisbury was taken into custody and O'Hare Airport Tuesday after being extradited from Pennsylvania Firefighter Dwayne Williams was fatally shot on a botched Carjacking. December 3rd and Morgan Park. Two teenagers and a 20 year old man have already been charged in the case. Investigators say the defendants were part of a Carjacking crew believed to be responsible for other crimes in the area. Steve Braxton,
City Of Chicago Shuts Down Mount Greenwood Restaurant, Unlicensed Club In Little Village For COVID-19 Violations
"Chicago City officials shut down nearly 100 person gathering at a Mount Greenwood restaurant as well as an unlicensed club and little village this weekend. Officials ordered Firewater Saloon, which allegedly allowed indoor drinking too close long term until it submits a safety plan to the city said he also shut down lot to Ron's, a club in little Village that was serving more than 65 people inside. 11. Other businesses were also cited over the weekend for violating indoor dining
Illinois COVID Positivity Rate Drops for First Time Since Late October
"Health officials in Illinois issued some welcomed updates today from the coronavirus front statewide. WGN's Kim Gordon reports the Illinois Department of Public Health, announcing 4979 new coronavirus cases and 123 additional deaths. The state positivity rate is 5.4%, the lowest since late October. Region seven, which makes up willing Kankakee counties can officially begin indoor dining again for restaurants and bars that served food restaurants are capped at 25% capacity and no more than four at a table.