Mayor Emanuel: Budget address won’t be postponed by threat of teacher strike

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CHICAGO — Mayor Rahm Emanuel has no plans to postpone the unveiling of his new city budget to the City Council, even though Chicago teachers are set to strike on the same day as his budget speech.

A spokesman for the mayor says a postponement isn’t being considered because both the city and the teachers’ union want the same things: a teacher pay raise and more security for teacher pensions.

The mayor’s office expects a contract agreement before the strike date, October 11.