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Ricardo Munoz

Mayor: 'This is avoidable because this is a strike of choice'

Chicago aldermen react

Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the teachers strike is "not necessary" because the two sides were close. "I believe this is avoidable because this is a strike of choice," Emanuel said at a hastily called news conference at the Harold Washington Library Sunday night Emanuel sought to cast the negotiations as hinging on two remaining issues: a new teacher evaluation system and principals' ability to get rid of teachers. Chicago Teachers Union officials said there are more remaining issues than that, although they conceded the strike is not primarily about money. The strike on Emanuel's watch could cut against the narrative the mayor is trying to craft as a leader...