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Judge tosses Chicago Board of Ed's attempt to secure right to limit CTU speech at meetings, says suit premature

Kacie Whaley Oct. 20, 2017, 6:00pm

Chicago's public schools leaders jumped the gun in filing suit against its teachers union, a Chicago federal judge has ruled, saying he can't give the Chicago Board of Education the court opinion it seeks declaring the board has the right to restrict the speech of certain members of the Chicago Teachers Union school officials accused of being "vulgar and intimidating" at school administration meetings.

Judge OKs wording change to let Chicago Teachers Union salvage lawsuit vs CPS over teacher layoffs

Jonathan Bilyk May 1, 2017, 6:31pm

Over the objections of the Chicago Public Schools board, a federal judge will allow the Chicago Teachers Union to pursue a class action lawsuit alleging CPS discriminated in focusing past teacher layoffs at African American teachers and staff working in schools in predominantly African American neighborhoods.

History not a guide for possible Chicago Public Schools bankruptcy

Amanda Robert Jun. 27, 2016, 1:10pm

Even as Illinois' governor has openly discussed the possibility the Chicago Public Schools could seek bankruptcy protection, a municipal bankruptcy expert has noted only four school districts have declared Chapter 9 bankruptcy in the past 62 years, and two of those abandoned the process.

Some pushing bankruptcy as solution to troubled Illinois public budgets

The Cook County Record Apr. 20, 2016, 4:19pm

In Illinois, increasing pension obligations are consuming more of its taxpayers’ dollars, pushing cities and towns to cut core services and raise property taxes just to keep up with the payments, policy experts say.

Interest rate swaps class action vs big banks could draw in 'tens of thousands' of public bodies with billions at stake

Scott Holland Feb. 19, 2016, 8:31pm

Two Mississippi and Alabama hospitals and the county that includes the cities of Biloxi and Gulfport, Miss., have squared off in Chicago federal court with many of the country’s biggest financial institutions over so-called interest rate swaps — an issue now impacting governments and other public bodies throughout the country, including Chicago’s public schools system.

Fired CPS teacher sues CTU, lawyer for legal malpractice in termination proceedings

Jonathan Bilyk Jan. 26, 2016, 12:06pm

The Chicago Teachers Union and one of its lawyers have been served with a $5 million legal malpractice lawsuit brought by a Chicago Public Schools teacher who alleged the lawyer didn’t properly represent her in hearings surrounding CPS’ efforts to fire her.

State Supreme Court says CPS doesn't need to arbitrate over 'Do Not Hire' decisions for probationary teachers

Jonathan Bilyk Dec. 17, 2015, 11:15pm

Saying to rule otherwise would illegally limit the ability of the Chicago Public Schools and other school districts to choose to hire or not hire teachers, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled 6-1 to reject the Chicago Teachers’ Union’s attempt to force the Chicago Board of Education to arbitrate grievances over how CPS designates probationary teachers it ultimately opts not to hire.

Judge denies class certification in racial discrimination suit over Chicago Board of Education's decision to "turn around" 10 schools

Jonathan Bilyk Jun. 3, 2014, 11:37am

The Chicago Teachers Union and three black, tenured Chicago Public Schools teachers suing the city's Board of Education over allegations administrators engaged in racial discrimination by targeting schools staffed predominantly by black teachers for reorganization purposes will not be allowed to turn their suit into a class action.