More than 20 people protesting Chicago Public School plans to close 53 elementary schools were arrested this afternoon at City Hall, officials said.
The protesters were arrested after sitting and blocking elevators on the main floor of the building while chanting messages in opposition to the city's plans to close the schools, according to witnesses at the scene.
According to the Chicago Teachers Union, among those arrested was union officer “Kristine Mayle and a number of teachers, parents and community activists.”
The union, in a press release, said 23 people were arrested. Chicago police officials said the people were issued citations and later released.
The arrests came as union members and other opponents of the school closure plan were making their way toward City Hall for a 4 p.m. rally.
The protesters were not wearing clothes that identified them as union members, witnesses said.
About two dozen activists and onlookers gathered outside City Hall as the protesters were led into CPD vehicles.
"Rahm Emanuel, we're no fools, we won't let you close our schools!" the protesters chanted.
The Board of Education is set to vote on the slate of closings, 53 elementary schools and one high school program, on Wednesday.
Also on Monday, CPS adjusted transition plans involving security, special education support and other factors at nine schools in response to reports from independent hearing officers that indicated the district’s original plans for those schools were not in compliance with state law.Copyright © 2015, RedEye