- Associated Press - Sunday, September 20, 2015

CHICAGO (AP) - The Chicago Public Schools’ chief says the district will have to issue layoff notices by Thanksgiving if there’s no financial help from the state.

CEO Forrest Claypool told WLS-AM Radio the timeline would allow preparation for the school year’s second semester.

A ready answer appears elusive. Chicago Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan said last week he opposes a Senate-endorsed measure Claypool believes would see the schools out of their fiscal mess.

School officials approved a budget this summer that included $480 million in state assistance. It has not materialized.

Democrats who control the General Assembly and Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner have been unable to agree on a state budget - although Rauner signed legislation to keep public schools operating.

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Information from: WLS-AM.

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