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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Several thousand protesters are marching in streets around the Illinois state Capitol after rallying for a tax increase to prevent cuts to schools and state services.
"Save Our State" organizers predicted nearly 15,000 participants. State officials did not immediately have a crowd estimate. It appeared the crowd was far short of the goal.
But fired-up speakers from unions representing state workers and teachers and advocates from social service organizations urged the crowd to turn to the Statehouse. They shouted slogans such as "Show some guts!"
Gov. Pat Quinn wants a 33 percent increase in the income tax, but House Democrats have been reluctant to back a hike.
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