Whittier Protest Comes to an End

By Paul Henderson
|  Saturday, Jul 16, 2011  |  Updated 4:55 PM CDT
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Whittier Protest Comes to an End

Activists who'd been standing their ground at Whittier Elementary ended their 25-day sit-in Saturday afternoon and said they'd like renewed talks with Chicago Public Schools.

The parents were fighting a plan to build a library inside the school, arguing it would take space away from special education students.

Their protest prompted to school district to cancel construction on the facility.

At a Saturday afternoon press conference, the group said they hope to resume talks with the district about building the library in a rundown field house.

"The Whittier Parent Committee is optimistic in working with the new administration to fulfill its commitments to renovate the field house and approve a lease with WPC," states a press release.

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