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City Hall Protest Targets Cuts To Health Care In Chicago (VIDEO)

First Posted: 11/16/11 09:41 AM ET Updated: 11/16/11 09:42 AM ET

CHICAGO -- (AP) A sit-in outside Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office to try to stop health care cuts ended Tuesday night after several hours.

Protesters marched to City Hall from a nearby church. They eventually took up seats on the floor outside Emanuel's office. Dozens more assembled in an outside hallway. Emanuel did not visit the protesters.

Ten people were still sitting outside the office Tuesday evening. Police officers stood by, but made no arrests. People who left the building were not allowed back in.

The Chicago Tribune reported that the last protesters decided to leave City Hall at about 10:30 p.m.

The protesters oppose Emanuel's proposed budget, which would close six of the city's 12 mental health clinics and partner the city's neighborhood health clinics with a federal program.


Filed by Jen Sabella  |