US President Barack Obama's ex-enforcer Rahm Emanuel was crowned mayor of Chicago, picking up the mantle from retiring mayor Richard Daley, who has governed the US city for 22 years."I want to extend my congratulations to Rahm Emanuel on a well-deserved victory tonight," Obama said in a statement released minutes after Emanuel's acceptance speech."As a Chicagoan and a friend, I couldn't be prouder. Rahm will be a terrific mayor for all the people of Chicago."
The average teacher in Chicago makes $76,000 a year for nine months of work. They were offered 16% salary increase spread over four years. Given the system has a $665 million deficit this year and a bigger one next year, I am wondering why there should be a raise at all.
Nonetheless, the New York Times reports With No Contract Deal by Deadline in Chicago, Teachers Will Strike.