CHICAGO (WBBM) — A few hundred people rallied in Daley Plaza at noon for the Tea Party – for a better America, they say, and a smaller American government.

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

Indivisible? Perhaps. But these Tea Party supporters are ready to part ways with the current thinking in Washington, Newsradio 780’s Steve Miller reports.

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Activist Jonathan Hoenig, who held a sign saying “Not My Brother’s Keeper,’ says he doesn’t want the government to tell him what to do.

“I help a lot of people, said Hoenig, of Chicago. “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.”

U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh – a Republican from the northwest suburbs – attended the rally. He said he’s refused his congressional pension and health care benefits.