CHICAGO (CBS) — Police arrested 10 protesters in the Loop on Monday, after they blocked traffic as part of a demonstration outside the Chicago headquarters of Exelon, the parent company of ComEd.
“They’re soaking us dry,” said Lora Chamberlain, one of a couple hundred demonstrators who took over the intersection of Madison and Dearborn early Monday afternoon.READ MORE: New Executive Order Gives More Access To Victims In Alleged Police Misconduct Cases In Chicago
The protesters said Exelon receives too many tax loopholes from the state.READ MORE: Three Teens Under 16 Arrested After Carjacking, Police Pursuit From Chicago To Indiana
“So I’m going to unroll my little sign that says a lot: ‘Tax Exelon, not us. No bailouts, no free rides. Exelon, pay up,'” Chamberlain said. “They need to pay their fair share, and they’re not.”MORE NEWS: Chicago Weather: Warm Stretch Begins With Temperatures In The 50s
The demonstrators danced in the intersection for several minutes. Those who didn’t clear the street when police ordered them to were arrested, as others chanted, “We’ve got your back.”