‘Occupy Chicago’ Protesters Mirror Wall Street Demonstration

CHICAGO (CBS) — As many as 100 protesters were marching through the heart of Chicago’s Financial District on Wednesday, in sympathy with the Occupy Wall Street demonstrators in New York.

Some were students who cut class, who wanted to mirror what their New York counterparts had done.

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Harrington College of Design student Jack Lahaie said he went to class, then cut out.

“And then I went to the art store to make a sign and I came down here to protest,” he said. “Because my school happens to be owned by a company, a corporation, and I pay an outrageous amount of money, because my parents lost all of their savings in the recession and they were forced to spend all of my college savings in order to get by, in order to keep our home, in order to live.”

Lahaie’s sign read, “$100,000 for school for no job – U MAD.”

Asked what the demonstrators wanted to accomplish with their protest, 18-year-old Alex Bronge of Goshen, Ind., said, “The question comes up a lot with everyone. When everybody has asked me that, I could never give them a definite answer, so I’ll try and give you my best answer. What needs to change is our voices need to be more than just a mark on a piece of paper. It needs to be more than just a vote on a ballot.”

  • Andrew Petersen

    100k for a degree…but Illegals work for less than the federal minimum wage in Chicago and the City and County prevent the Police and Sheriff from working With Immigration/Customs Enforcement to get the Illegals back to where they came from.

  • Andrew Petersen

    City and County Schools educating people with no legal status in this Country, while our Tax dollars pay for it.

    County and City Officials Openly Defy Federal Immigration Laws…

  • jeff

    Why not occupy The White House or The Capital? It’s not like there’s a shortage of crooks there.

  • Julie Moskal

    Our Chicago march should be much, much bigger next time. I just need to know where to go. Lasalle St?

    • http://mtjohnsonchi.wordpress.com Mason Johnson

      La Salle and Jackson, in front of the Federal Reserve, is in fact home base. Their website details what they’re up to clearly: http://occupychi.org/

  • mike

    occupy wall street: thousands of people turn out, dozens arrested per day on average.

    occupy LA: thousands of people turn out, city council president shows up to say, “stay as long as you want, we’re here to support you,”

    occupy chicago: dozens of people turn out, cops half-heartedly tell them to move, people occasionally send them pizzas, the 1% meekly speaks up.

    no particular point to make (though i could think of a few regarding the apathy of the average midwesterner), just observing.

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