Neither side in the battle, in fact, has budged much. The Chicago Teachers Union on Monday followed up a weekend of neighborhood marches with a rally in Daley Plaza during which newly re-elected union President Karen Lewis promised to keep fighting.
"This is a movement," Lewis told the crowd, which was significantly smaller than one at a similar event in March. "No matter what happens on Wednesday, it is not over."
But Emanuel virtually declared it over after a list of schools to be closed was released in late March, insisting the time for negotiations was done. Sources say that in recent weeks City Hall has remained adamant, even after independent hearing officers raised questions about at least 13 of the closings.