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Tea-Hee Party: March on Bank Draws Few Supporters

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    NEWSLETTERS

    That's one dainty tea party.

    About 35-50 Tea Party supporters protesters gathered at Wabash and Wacker Friday for a Tea Party for Sound Money protest against the Federal Reserve. The rally, organized by Chris Jenner, was expecting about 300.

    The ralliers plan to march past the Tribune and NBC Tower, down to ABC, then to the Board of Trade. Some protestors carried signs that say "Kill the Bank - A Den of Vipers and Thieves" and "Change-This Isn't Exactly What I Had in Mind."  The march is to protest that the Federal Reserve is "printing money," according to one participant.

    About five Chicago police kept watch.

    Also marching is Liberterian Senate candidate Mike Labno, who joined the rally to lobby for votes.

    "I'm going to spoil it for both parties," Labno said. "I'm going to win this thing."

    A recent Chicago Tribune poll gives Labno 3-4 percent of the vote, but even so his candidacy could affect the outcome of the Senate race. GOP contender Mark Kirk and his opponent Alexi Giannoulias are currently tied with 34 percent of the vote, and votes for Labno could cost either of candidates.