Occupy Chicago is holding a breadline to protest SB 405, which would provide tax breaks to the CME Group.
"We will form a depression-era breadline and march single file from our headquarters to Quinn's office in the Thompson Center to ask for our own personal tax bailout," said David Orlikoff, a Columbia College Chicago student and Occupy Chicago protester.
The CME Group has threatened to leave Illinois if they do not receive a
tax break from legislators in Springfield. The same goes for Sears
Holdings Corp. Mayor Rahm Emanuel has been pushing for passage of the bill in order to keep the CME Group in Chicago. Protesters say Emanuel is trying to help the company because they contributed to his mayoral campaign and that other legislative leaders are considering it for the same reasons.
"Illinois can't afford this bill," says Cecilia Marvone, a registered nurse and Occupy Chicago
participant. "It is only being considered because
CME made some well-placed campaign contributions, $200,000 to Rahm
Emanuel, $150,000 to speaker Mike Madigan, and $90,000 to Governor
Quinn. Apparently, all politicians have their price tags. This is
political highway robbery."