CTU Protesters Arrested At Sterling Bay Headquarters

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Chicago Police arrested several protesters Tuesday afternoon at a Chicago Teachers Union sit-in outside the headquarters of developer Sterling Bay on the Near West Side.

Officers arrested nine people shortly after 1 p.m. at the protest at Fulton West, an office building in the 1300 block of West Fulton Street, according to Chicago police.

Police spokesperson Jessica Alvarez said the charges would likely be criminal trespass to property.

The CTU said in a tweet that nine union members were arrested at the protest.

Minutes earlier, the CTU had a scheduled news conference at the Lincoln Yards redevelopment site to draw attention to tax money the union says is diverted from schools to developers like Sterling Bay. The project will benefit from a Tax Increment Financing, or TIF, district that reserves property tax growth for the development.

Spokesperson for the CTU Chris Geovanis could not immediately provide details about the arrests.

In a tweet, Sterling Bay said the arrests were made “at the request of Fulton West’s new management and ownership, not Sterling Bay.”

At the request of Fulton West’s new management and ownership, not Sterling Bay, CTU protestors have been placed under arrest.

— Sterling Bay (@sterlingbay) October 29, 2019

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