Protesters march along Chicago's Michigan Avenue over school closings, TIF funds
- Hundreds of protesters organized by the Chicago Teachers Union and Stand Up Chicago marched from Cityfront Plaza on East Illinois Street to the Hyatt Hotel on N. St. Clair Street on Monday to voice opposition to Chicago Public Schools' school closings plan.
- Crowding into the lobby of the Hyatt, the protesters also called on the Chicago Board of Education's Penny Pritzker to return $5.5 million in TIF funds that they allege Pritzeker (who also sits on the Hyatt Hotels Corp. board) took for a new hotel in Hyde Park.
- A spokeswoman for Hyatt said that the protesters, who taped a sign to a pillar outside of the hotel, have their facts wrong.
From the article:
Several hundred protesters marched along Michigan Avenue Monday morning to voice opposition to the school closings plan being put together by Chicago Public Schools. Organized by the Chicago Teachers Union and Stand Up Chicago, a coalition of labor unions and community groups, marchers walked from Cityfront Plaza on East Illinois Street to the Hyatt Hotel at 633 N. St. Clair Street, banging drums, blowing whistles and then crowding into the lobby of the hotel where they called on Chicago Board of Education member Penny Pritzker to give back $5.5 million in TIF funding. ...
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