Student protesters target Symphony Center

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CHICAGO - Hundreds of student protesters targeted the Chicago Symphony Center tonight just as a performance was about to begin.

This was organized by the IIRON student network. They say they wanted to send a message to wealthy CSO donors like Sam Zell and Ken Griffin -- to push them to use their influence with Governor Bruce Rauner to restore cuts to higher education in Illinois.

The group of students also planned to drop a banner inside the concert hall.

Dozens of students were able to get inside the CSO shortly before a concert started at 8 o'clock tonight.

The protest was quickly disbanded and the concert continued, but the students made their voices heard, calling attention to how the state's budget crisis is impacting low income students  and the universities they depend on -- like Chicago State.

This protest comes one day after the Chicago Teachers Union held a one day strike and led events across the city. The students tonight say they'll continue to put the pressure on people in positions of power.


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