CTU Rally Outside Mayor's Budget Address, CPS Cancels Classes Wednesday

WBBM Newsradio Staff
October 23, 2019 - 8:01 am

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The Chicago teachers strike continues Wednesday for a seventh day. The Chicago Teachers Union shifted their picket lines from in front of schools to downtown where Mayor Lori Lightfoot delivered her budget address.

Thousands of Chicago teachers gathered downtown to protest while Mayor Lori Lightfoot gave her budget address. They gathered at locations around the Loop and then march over to City Hall at about 9 a.m. ahead of Mayor Lightfoot's address. Teachers then held a mass protest at the Thompson Center at 11 a.m.

The rally was peaceful, but did tie up traffic downtown for hours as streets surrounding City Hall were closed. Streets were opened by lunchtime.

The streets that will be closed to traffic on a rotating basis include: Randolph, Washington, Clark, LaSalle, Franklin and Wacker Drive. Daley Plaza and surrounding areas will be closed.

Additional Chicago police officer will be deployed during the rally.