Mayor Rahm Emanuel took office in May 2011 and a month later his handpicked school board rescinded a 4 percent pay raise for teachers, leading Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis to broach the possibility of a strike.
Ever since, Chicago Tribune reporters led by Noreen S. Ahmed-Ullah and Joel Hood have continued to report on a long-running series of events that led to this week’s historic teachers strike.
The stories have been the hottest online at chicagotribune.com, leading Monday to the highest day's web traffic since Chicago hosted the NATO summit. The top search engine keywords leading new readers to the Chicago Tribune's website have all had to do with the teachers' strike. And web analytics underscore what we all probably could well imagine:
This story is of enormous significance to local readers. Though that's by no means the only audience paying attention.
Since the teachers have walked, Ahmed-Ullah and Hood have been joined by a dozen or more colleagues from all departments at the Tribune in chronicling what the strike means to the city, its politicians, and perhaps most importantly, its children and their parents.
From early-morning video coverage of picket lines to stakeouts of late-night negotiations, the Tribune has been on the case of a story that has gained national attention.
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