The Latest: Striking Teachers March Toward Chicago City Hall

The New York Times 0 month ago

CHICAGO — The Latest on Chicago's budget woes and ongoing teacher strike (all times local):

9:15 a.m.

Striking Chicago teachers are marching toward City Hall for a downtown protest timed with Mayor Lori Lightfoot's first budget address.

Classes at Chicago Public Schools were canceled for the fifth day on Wednesday as the Chicago Teachers Union and the district remained at odds over teacher pay, class sizes and additional staff for schools.

Striking teachers and staff have been on the picket line outside schools since Thursday but are ramping up pressure on Lightfoot with Wednesday morning's march through the city's downtown streets.

Lightfoot is expected to detail her plan for a $838 million city budget deficit before the City Council at 10 a.m. The city and the school district budgets are separate.

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5:07 a.m.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is expected to detail how the nation's third-largest city should deal with an $838 million budget deficit when she delivers her budget address to the City Council.

Lightfoot's speech set for Wednesday morning comes on the fifth day of canceled classes during a strike by Chicago Public Schools teachers. The city's budget Lightfoot will address is separate from the school district's budget.

Lightfoot has already said her budget proposal will include a tax on solo riders using ride-hailing services in or out of downtown and doubling the tax on food and drinks in restaurants.

In her first State of the City address, Lightfoot said she wanted to avoid raising revenue from those least able to pay or by using strategies that could drive businesses from Chicago.


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