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Protesters Aim To Shut Down Kennedy Expressway Near O'Hare

Demonstrators gathered near Interstate 90 near O’Hare Monday. state police arrested some protesters and no one made it onto the expressway.

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Anti-violence demonstrators gathered Monday at the Cumberland Avenue exit to the Kennedy Expressway to disrupt traffic near O’Hare International Airport.

Anti-violence demonstrators gathered Monday at the Cumberland Avenue exit to the Kennedy Expressway to disrupt traffic near O’Hare International Airport.

Miles Bryan

Updated 1:10 p.m.

Dozens of anti-violence demonstrators gathered Monday at the Cumberland Avenue exit to the Kennedy (Interstate 90) to disrupt traffic near O’Hare International Airport, but state police arrested some protesters and no one made it onto the expressway.

Counter-protesters with pro-police signs were also on the scene, along with Chicago aldermen Anthony Napolitano of the 41st ward and Nick Sposato of the 38th ward. Both groups appeared to be outnumbered by state and local police surrounding the protest area.

Rev. Gregory Livingston said Monday’s march was intended to draw attention to protesters’ demands, which include more investment in neighborhoods where the bulk of Chicago’s shootings occur. Livingston has also said he wants Mayor Rahm Emanuel to resign and wants community members to have a role in renegotiating the police union’s contract.

Livingston also organized a protest that briefly closed Lake Shore Drive in early August. And in early July, protesters briefly shut down the Dan Ryan Expressway.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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