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CHICAGO (CBS) – A couple dozen protesters stood outside United Airlines’ Chicago offices on Sunday to demand that United do more for the city.
The protesters’ message: that United is making too much money to also get benefits from the city through tax increment financing.
“The city of Chicago has given approximately $50 million to United Airlines over the past four years,” said Service Employees International Union member Annette Jones, one of the protest organizers.
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The protesters brought a bunch of luggage and set it outside United’s headquarters on West Wacker Drive – symbolic, they said, of the burden United is placing on the backs of Chicago’s working people.
United has also come under criticism lately – along with American Airlines – for funneling their jet fuel purchases through the town of Sycamore, Illinois in order to avoid Chicago city taxes and saving millions.
A spokesman for United Airlines has declined comment.