About 50 people were arrested in and around Chicago today in rallies to raise the state’s $8.25 minimum wage.
Many of the demonstrators are fast food workers demanding a raise to $15 dollars.
The arrests were part of a planned civil disobedience to bring even more attention to the Fight for $15 movement.
Demonstrators walked onto a street sat down to block traffic and refused to move, stopping traffic in some busy streets.
31 people were arrested in Cicero and taken to the town’s police station to be charged with reckless disruption.
Earlier, 19 demonstrators where detained by Chicago police after they blocked traffic in front of a McDonalds in the Chatham neighborhood.
The two demonstrations in chicagoland are part of the nationwide fight for a wage of $15 dollars an hour.
The movement is made up of mostly fast food workers with the help of union organizers and also has the support of several elected officials.
Locally based McDonalds released a statement saying it supports a fair wage for its workers and any increase in the minimum wage should be done over time to lessen the burden on small and medium sized businesses owners like the ones who own a majority of our restaurants.
CPD says the 19 people it detained were taken to a district police station given a ticket then released. Those arrested in Cicero were processed through the jail, then given a ticket and released.