Chicago teachers were offered a 16 percent raise (during a bad economy). Chicago teachers strike for first time in 25 years; contingency sites ready, charters remain open - Chicago Sun-Times And Chicago teachers are already the highest paid in the nation at $76,000 before benefits! I'm assuming they have lofty medical/pensions that pushes that number into six figures! How Much Do Chicago Public School Teachers Make? « CBS Chicago This is why people just don't give an f about public unions any more. They think they can get grossly over compensated and hold us hostage at any moment.