Community activists, unions raise populist message at ‘Take Back Chicago’ rally

More than a thousand people gathered Tuesday evening for the "Take Back Chicago" rally and town hall meeting at the University of Illinois at Chicago Forum. Members of various community organizations, activists and unions called attention to such issues as the minimum wage, affordable housing, a fair tax system, school closures and healthcare. Individuals asked their state representatives and local aldermen, several of whom were present, as well as Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, to commit to tackling these issues and improving the quality of life for working families.

The rally was intended to send a message to Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his "corporate, greedy, elitist friends."

The Grassroots Collaborative along with the Chicago Teachers Union, Enlace Chicago, Kenwood Oakland Community Organization, ONE Northside and Pilsen Alliance organized the rally.

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