500 protesters hold demonstrations in six Illinois cities
Yesterday (May 12), 500 protesters from a statewide coalition called Make Wall Street Pay Illinois demonstrated at Chase Bank locations in six cities across Illinois–including downtown Chicago, Skokie, Homewood, Springfield, Peoria, and Bloomington.
At the Skokie, downtown Chicago, Homewood, and Springfield locations, bank managers refused to speak to leadership delegates, calling the police to file complaints or escort protesters out of the building. At the Chicago demonstration, police officers escorted delegates from the building, and stationed themselves at each entrance to prevent protesters from re-entering.
Protesters in Homewood and Chicago also reached out to local public officials to present the demands of the coalition. In Homewood, Rep. Will Davis was thanked by protesters for his previous support on banking legislation, and asked if he would support decoupling Illinois from the big tax breaks corporations recently received from the federal government. In Chicago, letters with the coalition’s demands were delivered to the offices of Gov. Pat Quinn, Speak of the House Michael Madigan, and Senate President John Cullerton.
Despite a lack of response from bank managers, all organizers reported that public support was visible from supporting car honks, passers-by that were going through foreclosure, and even Chase employees themselves.
Make Wall Street Pay Illinois urges all supporters to go to www.makewallstreetpayillinois.org to sign a petition to have Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan hold public hearings to investigate interest swaps that are currently costing the state $88 million per year in taxpayers’ dollars.
Make Wall Street Pay Illinois also encourages all supporters to join them on Tuesday, May 24 in Springfield to lobby policymakers.
For coverage of the Peoria event from the Peoria Journal Star, go to: http://bit.ly/mE8SL1.
For full video of the Chicago event, go to: http://bit.ly/j907Hd.