Marches for social justice recently cost the bankrupt City of Chicago $215,000 of tax payer dollars, according to reports.
As John Ruberry noted, “Leftism is expensive.”
The Windy City recently suffered two mass marches, both led by local ministers. One shut down the Dan Ryan expressway, a major artery that leads into the city from the south, and a second tried but failed to shut down the city’s famed Lake Shore Drive.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the costs to the city were extensive:
Police agencies assigned to the march spent at least $152,871.52 on their efforts, according to information obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act.
Add to that the cost of an August march that shut down a northern stretch of Lake Shore Drive, and the total tally hits $214,662.82.
Illinois State Police wouldn’t say how many officers it allocated for the Labor Day protest; they did, however, provide the total personnel cost, including benefits: $119,391.90. The Chicago Police Department sent 48 officers, which cost taxpayers $27,526.33. The site, near the Park Ridge/Rosemont border, also was staffed by 24 Park Ridge police officers ($5,528.22) and two officers from Rosemont ($425.07).
As for Livingston’s Lake Shore Drive march, the Chicago Police Department estimated the cost of personnel was $61,791.30, according to information obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.
For a much larger march that shut down a portion of the northbound Dan Ryan Expressway — during which included Supt. Eddie Johnson walked arm-in-arm with Father Micheal Pfleger — the State Police cost was about $198,000. The total estimated cost to taxpayers for that march was over $300,000.
That is an awful lot of wasted money for a city that is drowning in debt and suffering a pension crisis that will sink the city’s budget for decades to come.
Isn’t this the sort of money that these activists would rather want re-directed to the very neighborhoods they claim to be supporting with their marches?
Seems like these marches were just a giant waste of time and money.
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