Chicago Teacher On Picket Line Struck By Car

Teacher taken to Stroger Hospital in unknown condition

Wednesday, Sep 12, 2012  |  Updated 2:16 PM CDT
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"Finish It For Our Children:" Emanuel

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"Finish It For Our Children:" Emanuel

"This is, in my view, a strike of choice, and it's the wrong choice for our children," Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Monday of the first Chicago teachers strike in 25 years. "It's not necessary. We need to just finish the job."
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A Chicago Public Schools teacher was struck by a car Wednesday morning while picketing during the strike's third day, police said.

Police News Affairs said a male teacher was picketing at 8 a.m. near a school at the intersection of Western and Chicago avenues when he was hit.

The man was taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital in an unknown condition.

It's not known whether the driver was injured. The identities of the driver and teacher have not been released.

Police say the incident is under investigation.

About 29,000 CPS teachers walked out Monday after the Chicago Teachers Union and the school board failed to negotiate a new contract. The two sides plan to meet again Wednesday as thousands of teachers picket outside schools across the city for the third day. 

NBC Chicago has an array of reporters and producers covering the Chicago teacher strike. Check our live blog for continuous coverage and updates throughout the strike.

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