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Arguments heard in case of fired Ottawa teacher

Posted by wlpo on June 8, 2016

The case of “Timothy Burgess vs. Illinois State Board of Education” could wrap up in a month or so.

La Salle County Circuit Judge Joe Hettel heard from lawyers on both sides Wednesday afternoon and says he’ll make a decision later on. Burgess is a former Ottawa High School teacher who thinks he was wrongly fired by the Ottawa High School Board. He wants the judge to get him his job back.

During tense times at the high school involving elimination of building trades and union negotiations, the board fired Burgess early last year based on “inappropriate and unprofessional conduct.”

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