With a strike looming, members of the Chicago Teachers Union were in cars on Saturday to show why they may not be in class on Monday. The union has been battling with the city over the safety of returning to classrooms during the coronavirus pandemic, with the union arguing that it’s not safe for teachers to return until they’re vaccinated.  That means recess will still be confined to Bridgett White’s backyard. Like so many other families, her dining room doubles as a classroom — and she said she’s “very frustrated” by the current situation.  Her daughter Brianna is in seventh grade and her son Tristan is in fifth. Neither have been back to school since March 2020.  “You got this one side saying one thing, you have this other side saying another thing, and you are in the middle,” White said.  An angry Mayor Lori Lightfoot lashed out Friday night, and vowed kindergarten through eighth grade kids will be back in the classroom Monday — despite a breakdown in talks with the teachers. “[Union] leadership has failed and left us with a big bag of nothing,” Lightfoot said.  Union leaders say Lightfoot blew up negotiations after 70 sessions without an

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