Late tonight, the head of the Chicago Teachers’ Union announced a citywide strike of more than 26,000 members after talks with the district broke down. The public employees’ union opposes teacher evaluations, merit-based pay raises, and smaller increases in pay due to budget woes. CTU president Karen Lewis earned criticism from across the spectrum for her combative statement tonight, including a hostile swipe at public charter schools that will defy the strike, put kids first, and open tomorrow:

Nice non-work if you can get it:

Many Windy City observers braced for more violence after a summer wracked by youth mobs, shootings, and chaos:

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel held a late-night press conference to express his “disappointment.”

Parting words from Rahm: “Our kids belong in the classroom.”

Many Twitter users are putting their hope not in government, but in … prayer: