Shelbyville Daily Union

December 10, 2013

IL briefs

Shelbyville Daily Union

---- — Rev. Jackson heads to S.Africa

CHICAGO (AP) — The Rev. Jesse Jackson is among clergy members from Illinois who are heading to South Africa for a memorial paying tribute to Nelson Mandela.

A spokesman for Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH Coalition says Monday that Jackson is set to travel early this week.

Other Illinois clergy have been talking about the legacy of the former South African president during church services.

Mount Olive teachers strike

MOUNT OLIVE, Ill. (AP) — Teachers at the school district in Mount Olive have gone on strike.

The State Journal-Register reports teachers went on strike Monday morning in Mount Olive School District No. 5 in Macoupin County. The town is 50 miles south of Springfield. The teachers’ union and school district couldn’t agree on a new three-year contract.

The two sides are at issue on pay increases and health insurance benefits. The district has 39 teachers and about 500 students in grades kindergarten through 12.