- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 15, 2014

WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) - Waukegan’s approximately 17,000 students are out of class for an eighth school day as the district and teachers union remain apart in contract negotiations.

Classes are canceled Wednesday in Waukegan Community Unit School District No. 60. The two sides said in a joint statement they are closer to reaching an agreement after negotiating for most of the day Tuesday.

WBBM-TV reports negotiators took a break Tuesday night to attend a school board meeting, where speakers voiced support for teachers. They went on strike Oct. 2.

The Lake County Federation of Teachers president says the teachers are seeking 6 percent yearly pay raises for three years. He says the board’s offer Tuesday night included raises of 3 percent a year over two years.

The next negotiating session is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon.

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