CHICAGO (WBBM) — The poor – and those who work to help the poor – held a large noontime rally in the Loop to protest what they say are federal budget cuts that will leave them in the lurch.

In the crowd – sitting on the front row – was 54-year-old Janet Edburg of Chicago, who is an advocate for the unemployed and is herself without a job.

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“I’ve been unemployed for a little over two years,” she said. “I was working for 32 years over at a company and haven’t been able to find work.”

Edburg says she is not able to help her mother.

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“And my mother is by herself. And it’s hard to see a family go through this. Sorry, but I get emotional… I don’t even know what I’m going to do. All I can do is just keep fighting.”

Edburg says Congress can find the money.

“They just don’t want to have to take it from the rich.”

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Several hundred people were at the rally in the Thompson Center auditorium with an overflow crowd of as many outside.