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What you need to know about Saturday's Tax March in Chicago

Written by
Jonathan Samples

Taxes, like death, are unavoidable. Every year, millions of Americans wait until the last possible moment, a.k.a. Tax Day, to file their income tax returns. This year's deadline is April 18, but three days before this anxiety-inducing holiday, the national focus won't be on our own taxes but those of the president.

On Saturday, thousands of Chicagoans are expected to attend a protest aimed at pressuring Donald Trump to release his tax returns. The rally, which is being dubbed "Tax March Chicago," will coincide with similar protests taking place nationwide in cities like New York and Los Angeles. If you're planning to attend Chicago's Tax March or just wondering what it's all about, these are the things you need to know.

When and where is the march?

Demonstrators will meet at Daley Plaza on Saturday at 11am, before marching toward Trump Tower. Prior to the march, various speakers will address the crowd, and protesters say they'll hold a "Chicken Dance" with three giant inflatable Trump-themed chickens. Activists, along with the chickens, will then begin marching to a spot along the Chicago River directly across from Trump Tower.

What's the point?

According to organizers, the Tax March is an attempt to pressure Trump to release his tax returns so that the public can see whether or not the president has any conflicts of interest related to his finances or past business dealings. Breaking from presidential tradition, Trump has been widely criticized for not releasing detailed tax forms and hinting that he does not intend to.

Who will be there?

Among the guests scheduled to speak at Saturday's march are U.S. Representatives Jan Schakowsky and Mike Quigley, Rev. Jesse Jackson, and state Sen. Daniel Biss. And with temperatures expected to reach 80 degrees, organizers are anticipating a large public turnout. According to the event's Facebook page, more than 10,000 people have said they plan on attending the march, while an additional 25,000 have expressed an interest. 

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