CHICAGO – Hundreds of Illinois tea party members have gathered in downtown Chicago to protest President Barack Obama’s proposed “Buffett rule.”
The measure would impose a minimum tax on the wealthiest Americans. It was defeated in the Senate on Monday.
Tea party activist Rich Olhava of Arlington Heights held a sign calling it the “Baffoon” rule and says it encourages a class divide.
Similar tea party demonstrations were planned statewide on the day before Tax Day.
Meanwhile, three Democratic candidates challenging Republican congressmen held a news conference to say they’re for the rule because it helps equalize Americans.
Tammy Duckworth, Bill Foster and Brad Schneider called on Republican U.S. Reps. Judy Biggert, Robert Dold and Joe Walsh to support it. The three Democrats have been campaigning together since Illinois’ primary last month.