Teachers in Northwest Suburbs Hit Picket Lines

(AP) — Classes are canceled for more than 20,000 students because of a teacher strike in a suburban Chicago school district.

About 1,200 teachers are off the job Tuesday in Community Unit District 300. The district includes more than 20 schools in several northwest suburbs, including Carpentersville, Algonquin, Dundee and Lake in the Hills.

Officials say 11 months of negotiations failed to produce an agreement. The district’s last contract with the teachers expired July 1.

Union officials contend the district’s teachers are underpaid compared to teachers in other suburban districts.

The two sides spent most of the day Monday in negotiations, but afterward district spokesman Jose Stevens said the two sides were about $2 million apart on salary.