CHICAGO (AP) — The city of Chicago's law office says it doesn't expect a judge to rule today on Mayor Rahm Emanuel's request for an order forcing striking school teachers back to work.
A spokesman for the law department says a judge won't address the matter until later this week.
City attorneys asked a state court today to force Chicago Teachers Union members back into classrooms.
Among other arguments, their filing contends the strike is illegal because it endangers students' health and safety.
The union and school leaders seemed optimistic late last week that they would reach a resolution by today. But teachers uncomfortable with a tentative contract offer said yesterday they needed more time to review it.
062-a-10-(David Stieber, Chicago teacher, in AP interview)-"best we can"-Chicago teacher David Stieber says teachers want to take time to understand what's in the tenatative agreement. (17 Sep 2012)
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060-a-07-(David Vitale (vih-TAL'-ee), president, Chicago School Board, in news conference)-"reviews the agreement"-Chicago School Board President David Vitale says teachers should go back to work while the union considers the latest contract proposal. (17 Sep 2012)
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GRAPHICSBANK: Rahm Emanuel headshot, as Chicago Mayor addressing 2012 Democratic National Convention, Charlotte, North Carolina, graphic element on gray (17 Sep 2012)
APPHOTO ILSD112: Chicago Teachers Union lawyer Robert Bloch, left, talks to CTU delegates following a meeting Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012 in Chicago. The Chicago teachers union decided to continue its weeklong strike, extending an acrimonious standoff with Mayor Rahm Emanuel over teacher evaluations and job security provisions central to the debate over the future of public education across the United States. (AP Photo/Sitthixay Ditthavong) (16 Sep 2012)
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