Sophia Tareen, WGN Radio 720

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Chicago, IL, United States

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Past articles by Sophia:

Chicago union leaders OK plan to resume in-person class

CHICAGO (AP) — Students are poised to return to Chicago Public Schools after leaders of the teachers union approved a plan with the nation’s third-largest district over COVID-19 safety protocols, ending a bitter standoff that canceled classes for five days. While school districts nationwide have faced similar concerns amid skyrocketing COVID-19 cases, the labor fight […] → Read More

Chicago’s COVID-19 fight with teachers hangs over a 2nd week

CHICAGO (AP) — Talks between Chicago school leaders and the teachers’ union resume Sunday amid a standoff over remote learning and other COVID-19 safety measures that canceled three days of classes and loomed over the start of another week in the nation’s third-largest district. Disputed issues included testing and metrics to close schools. The Chicago […] → Read More

Chicago nixes school for 3rd day as virus, union debate rage

CHICAGO (AP) — Leaders of the nation’s third-largest school district canceled classes for a third consecutive day amid increasingly tough negotiations with the Chicago Teachers Union over remote learning and other COVID-19 safety measures. The union, which voted this week to revert to online instruction, told teachers not to show up to schools starting Wednesday […] → Read More

Chicago cancels classes after union backs remote learning

CHICAGO (AP) — Leaders of Chicago Public Schools have canceled classes Wednesday after the teachers union voted to switch to remote learning due to record COVID-19 levels. The move comes amid an escalating battle over pandemic safety protocols in schools. The status of instruction the rest of the week remained in limbo. THIS IS A […] → Read More

Jesse Jackson and wife remain under observation for COVID-19

CHICAGO (AP) — The Rev. Jesse Jackson, and his wife, Jacqueline, remained under doctors’ observation Sunday at a Chicago hospital and were “responding positively to treatments” for COVID-19, their son told The Associated Press. The couple, married for nearly six decades, were admitted to Northwestern Memorial Hospital a day earlier. Physicians were “carefully monitoring their […] → Read More

203 cases of COVID-19 linked to Chicago’s Lollapalooza

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago health officials on Thursday reported 203 cases of COVID-19 connected to Lollapalooza, casting it as a number that was anticipated and not yet linked to any hospitalizations or deaths. “Nothing unexpected here,” Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady said at a news conference. “No sign of a‘superspreader event’. But […] → Read More

Chicago begins return to classrooms after bitter union fight

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago parents Willie and Brittany Preston have spent nearly a year wrestling with online school schedules for their six children, often with everyone hovered over devices around the dining room table. Starting Thursday, they’ll get relief. Their youngest daughter, 4-year-old Lear, returns to class as the nation’s third-largest school district slowly reopens […] → Read More

Chicago schools reopening uncertain as union talks continue

CHICAGO (AP) — A plan to reopen Chicago schools remained in limbo as last-minute negotiations over COVID-19 safety measures with the teachers’ union stretched into Sunday, amplifying the possibility of a strike. Roughly 62,000 students and about 10,000 teachers and staff in K-8 were expected to start school Monday as part of the district’s gradual […] → Read More

Chicago schools reopening hits snag as union fight escalates

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago ditched plans Tuesday for thousands of teachers to report to schools this week ahead of students after the teachers union said its members wouldn’t comply and were prepared to picket over coronavirus safety concerns. The reversal in the nation’s third-largest district also meant roughly thousands of pre-K and special education students […] → Read More

Chicago teachers vote to teach from home, defying district

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Teachers Union said Sunday that its members voted to defy an order to return to the classroom over concerns about COVID-19, setting up a showdown with district officials who have said that refusing to return when ordered would amount to an illegal strike. Chicago Public Schools, which is the nation’s […] → Read More

Chicago violence sparks war of words between Trump, mayor

CHICAGO (AP) — The war of words between Chicago’s mayor and President Donald Trump escalated after a weekend when 12 were killed in the city and dozens injured by gunfire, with Lori Lightfoot rejecting any suggestion federal law enforcement officers should be dispatched to the city and Trump all but promising to send them. In […] → Read More

Chicago violence sparks war of words between Trump, mayor

CHICAGO (AP) — The war of words between Chicago’s mayor and President Donald Trump escalated Monday after a weekend where dozens of people were injured by gunfire and 12 were killed, with the mayor rejecting any suggestion that federal troops should be dispatched as they were in Portland, Oregon, and Trump all but promising to […] → Read More