CHICAGO – Chicago Public Schools began the work of chipping away at a $215 million budget hole caused by Gov. Bruce Rauner's recent veto of funds to help cover a $720 million teachers' pension payment.

The district imposed four furlough days on employees in fiscal 2017, which runs through June 30. The savings are modest – $35 million – but represent an effort by the district to show it's dealing with the possible loss of the funds and to up the pressure on state leaders who could resurrect the funding.

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