Thousands expected at Loop march calling for Trump’s tax returns

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Hundreds of thousands of people gather in Grant Park for a rally for the Women’s March on Chicago, Jan. 21, 2017. | Ashlee Rezin/Sun-Times

Thousands of protesters are expected to hit the Loop on Saturday as part of a nationwide campaign calling on President Donald Trump to release his tax returns.

As of Saturday morning, about 10,000 people indicated on Facebook that they would attend Tax March Chicago, which is slated to start at 11 a.m. at Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington St.

The rally is one of 180 protests in 48 states planned across the country on April 15, demanding the president make his tax records public and “commit to tax reform that doesn’t favor the wealthy at the expense of the middle class,” organizers say.

Trump is the firstpresident in 40 years to refuse to release his tax returns while in office, though part of his 2005 returns surfaced last month to reveal that he paid about $36 million that year.

The march — scheduled on the traditional deadline to file income taxes — comes aboutthree months after an estimated 250,000 people took tothe streets for the Women’s March on Chicago the day after Trump’sinauguration. Tax March Chicago organizers hope for another big turnout.

“We want to know who he owes money to and what foreign governments have leverage over us,” an event description reads.

An unseasonably warm afternoon could draw more marchers downtown, further clogging Loop traffic. Temperatures are expected to edge into the low 80s with blustery conditions, according to the National Weather Service.

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