Governor Won't Weigh in on Teachers' Strike

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CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says he respects Chicago teachers' right to protest and he's doing the best that he can to improve education in Illinois.

But the Chicago Democrat is declining to weigh in on the strike, which entered its second day today.

Quinn spoke at a Sept. 11 memorial event at a Chicago library where the family members of fallen soldiers gathered to remember their loved ones.

Teachers on strike at a nearby school marched over and began picketing outside the event.

Quinn wished them good luck and told them he respects their jobs. He then urged them to look at a traveling exhibit commemorating fallen soldiers inside the library.

Quinn declined to answer any questions, saying it was a day to remember the victims of Sept. 11.