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October 23, 2014, 1:40 am
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Judge Refuses To Order Striking Chicago Teachers Back To Work

A Cook County judge has rejected Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's request for an order that would end the Chicago teachers strike and force those teachers back into the classroom.


Emanuel had sought a temporary restraining order against what he calls an "illegal" strike.  State law prohibits striking over non-economic issues such as teacher evaluation standards and recall rights for laid-off teachers.  Those are among the issues involved in the strike, but the union and Chicago Public Schools are also at odds over economic issues like pay raises.


The judge declined the request for an immediate hearing but said he could hold one on Wednesday.  However, he suggested the case would be moot by then if teachers vote to accept a pending contract offer.

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