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Tea Party Activists Rally In Daley Plaza

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Protesters and counterprotesters at the Chicago Tea Party rally on April 15, 2010. (Credit: CBS)

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CHICAGO (WBBM/CBS) – A few hundred Tea Party activists rallied in Daley Plaza at noon Monday for a Tax Day protest, calling for a smaller American government.

They started with the Pledge of Allegiance: “One nation, under God, indivisible…”

Indivisible? Perhaps. But as WBBM Newsradio 780′s Steve Miller reports, the Tea Party supporters said they are ready to part ways with the current thinking in Washington.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780′s Steve Miller reports


“My sign says, ‘Not my brother’s keeper,’” said. activist Jonathan Hoenig, of Chicago.

Hoenig said he doesn’t want the government to tell him what to do.

“I help a lot of people. I gave a guy a dollar on the way over here on LaSalle and Madison, but I do it out of my own self-interest and not because centralized planners in Washington tell me to,” he said.

Among the speakers: Illinois Congressman Joe Walsh, a Republican from the northwest suburbs, who says he’s refused his congressional pension and health care benefits.

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