Peeved at what they described big pay packages at the nation's biggest banks, a Chicago group urged its members Thursday to withdraw their money from such institutions, showing up at a Chase branch in East Lakeview to demand a meeting with a bank executive.
About 35 members of the Lakeview Action Coalition marched on the Chase branch at 3032 N. Clark St., shouting "Bust up big banks!" before being escorted out by police and rallying across the street from a Bank of America branch.
The group announced its members were committed to moving $218,000 of their money from Chase and Bank of America accounts to community banks and credit unions.
Sheila Sachnoff, 80, said she moved her business from Chase to North Community Bank earlier in the day, adding that the banks had contributed to "speculation that crashed our economy'' and criticizing the pay package of CEO Jamie Dimon.
Chase officials declined to comment.
The chanting might have become contagious. As Chicago police urged protesters out of the bank, Chase employees chanted, "Don't be back! Don't be back!"Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun