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Illinois lawmakers demand apology for policy group’s “racist” cartoon

By CBS Chicago

Several state lawmakers accused a conservative think tank with close ties to the governor of setting up “a very bad tone for our politics” with a cartoon the lawmakers called “very stereotypical and racist.”

The political cartoon published earlier this week by the Illinois Policy Institute depicts a black child begging on the street for money for Chicago schools, as a white man wearing a suit shows him one empty pocket, while the other is stuffed with cash marked “TIF $.”

Eight state lawmakers staged a protest on Friday outside IPI’s offices in the LaSalle Street Financial District, and demanded an apology.


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