CHICAGO
10/20/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Meeks Taking School Protest To Wrigley

Six thousand protesters, wearing bright orange T-shirts, could ring Wrigley Field during the first Chicago Cubs playoff game, under a plan by state Sen. James Meeks to move his school funding protests to a national stage.

With the Cubs expected to clinch the playoffs soon, Meeks said Thursday he hopes overhead TV shots from the Goodyear Blimp during the first home playoff game -- probably a night game on Oct. 1 -- will give the entire nation a view of protesters upset about Illinois' inequitable school funding system.

"We want the Goodyear Blimp shot,'' Meeks said following a breakfast forum about Illinois school funding at the Union League Club.

"This is a national audience. We want the nation to know we have a good baseball team, but we have a problem here with our schools.''

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