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


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.

To help you plan your commute this morning, here is more detail on planned staging areas and events for this morning's rally Please consider using @CTA and avoid driving in the Loop. A contingent of #ChicagoPolice officers will be sent to help everyone navigate & stay safe. pic.twitter.com/phpysN0Msh

— Anthony Guglielmi (@AJGuglielmi) October 23, 2019

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

Downtown Commuter Alert - Starting at 8a, Chicago Teachers Union is planning a rally around City Hall / Daley Plaza. Significant traffic delays are expected given anticipated crowd sizes. We will likely implement rotating road closures. Use @CTA this morning, if possible. pic.twitter.com/paPQOQSpC6

— Chicago Police (@Chicago_Police) October 23, 2019

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.

Additional officers being deployed downtown to ensure our teachers & commuters are safe during this morning's rally at City Hall. #CPDMedia car will also be on hand to provide traffic updates to help navigate around the Loop. We expect traffic to be impacted until early afternoon pic.twitter.com/YJgjtBr1ih

— Chicago Police (@Chicago_Police) October 23, 2019