Teachers in West Chicago are on strike, leaving thousands of parents making other arrangements for their children.
After eleven hours of talks on Sunday, negotiations failed to reach an agreement between District 33 teachers and the school board.
Talks have have been going on for more than a year. Recently, there was an offer on the table. But the board and teachers have not resolved issues on salary, health insurance, retirement benefits and teacher appraisal.
The strike will affect more than 4,000 students in seven schools and two pre-school programs.
A board meeting is scheduled for later Monday.