Chicago Labor Leaders Rally for New Jobs on Labor Day

Illinois' unemployment rate is higher than nation's

By Ivanna Hampton
|  Monday, Sep 6, 2010  |  Updated 7:48 AM CDT
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About the only thing working in Chicago this Labor Day  is a group of people who want jobs.

The Chicago Federation of Labor is holding rally and picnic at Millennium Park at Randolph St. and Michigan Avenue at 11 a.m. Monday, according to a press release to call for good jobs and a strong middle-class before its members and their families.

Currently, Illinois' unemployment stands at 10.3 percent above the nation's unemployment rate of 9.6 percent.

Labor leaders are preparing to flex their political muscle as the November election approaches.

Democratic Governor Pat Quinn and Democratic Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias and other elected officials are scheduled to attend.

Meanwhile, schools, government offices, postal services, courts and banks are all closed today.  

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