Chicago teachers went on strike to protest Bruce Rauner and the budget crisis, which threatens public schools and state universities.
Labor and community organizers worked tirelessly throughout the day to stage events that engaged the community in vibrant ways.
Illinois is entering its tenth month without a budget; Rauner has refused to sign one without legislators agreeing to his drastic "turnaround agenda" that rolls back worker rights.
Teachers picketed outside all of the public schools in Chicago's Hyde Park section this morning.
April 1 is likely to go down in history as unions and community organizations representing people from all walks of life stage strikes and actions from one end of the city to the other.
Hoping to send a message to the Board of Education, Mayor Emanuel, and Illinois Gov. Rauner, Chicago teachers are set to walk off the job in a one-day strike this Friday.
"There's a lots of candor and a lot of mutual trust. There's a widespread recognition that we're all in this together."
Nearly all Detroit Public Schools (DPS) are closed Wednesday, as teacher sickouts which began last week continue.
Workers and public sector unions faced sharp questions about union dues, agency fees and what they're used for.
Over 5,000 joined the Chicago Teachers Union for a Tailgate Party and Solidarity Rally for public education and a fair contract