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Deal Likely Today in Chicago Teacher Strike

But classes won't be back until Monday

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The two sides in the Chicago teachers strike remained optimistic about a deal as they resumed contract talks today, but it appeared the earliest classes could resume would be Monday.

On a scale of 1-10, Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis said "I'm a 9" on a deal being reached today. But she said classes would not resume Friday because the union's House of Delegates would need time to approve ending the strike.

"We're hoping we can tighten up some of the things we talked about yesterday. . .and get this thing done," Lewis told reporters.