Chris Essig

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“Raise our taxes!” “Raise our taxes!”

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Have you ever seen 15,000 people chat that? Yeah, neither have I…until today…

SPRINGFIELD — Thousands of teachers, social service providers and government workers surrounded the Illinois Statehouse Wednesday, calling on lawmakers to fix the out-of-whack state budget.

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I shot a video of the event. Here’s a look:

So is all this rallying really going to push lawmakers to raise our taxes? The short answer is: Probably not.

“To say that is going to rally enough support for a tax increase, I don’t think so,” said state Rep. Dan Brady, R-Bloomington.

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But that didn’t certainly stop them from coming. After the rally, many of the people participating in the rally visited one-on-one with their local lawmakers. We’ll see if that convinced any leery lawmakers to vote for a controversial tax increase in an election year. But if I were a betting man…well, you can see where I’m going with this.

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April 21, 2010 at 6:57 pm