- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 2, 2016

CHICAGO (AP) - The head of the Chicago Teachers Union says she is looking forward to working with Chicago Public Schools officials to obtain state funding to close a hole in the district’s finances.

Schools CEO Forest Claypool says he’s confident the governor and Illinois lawmakers will come through with the millions of dollars the district needs. However, in a speech Wednesday to the City Club of Chicago union president Karen Lewis says she is skeptical. She said she is not confident about anything she cannot see.

Lewis said there are still some hard feelings among teachers toward the school district, which accounts for a sizable minority of the union’s approximately 27,000 members to vote against the contract approved Tuesday. The four-year contract school officials say will cost $9.5 billion averted a strike that would have affected about 390,000 students.

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