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updated: 10/20/2011 6:06 PM

'Occupy' movement coming to Naperville

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The "Occupy" movement sweeping the country is headed to Naperville Saturday and organizers say they will state their case loud and clear.

Steve Alesch, a Warrenville Park District commissioner and head of the DuPage Green Party, said protesters will gather outside the PNC Bank at the corner of Ogden Avenue and Washington Street and march south on Washington to the intersection of Jefferson Avenue and Main Street.

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Once there, Alesch said the group will listen to speeches for about an hour before marching back to Ogden and Jefferson.

The group plans to have a presence in downtown Naperville from 10 a.m. to noon every Saturday until, "corporate dominance over our government has ended."

"Our government isn't listening to the 99 percent. They're only representing the corporations and wealthiest 1 percent," Alesch said. "And the big root cause is the amount of corporate money being pumped into political campaigns. We are giving direction to the Supreme Court that we do not want corporations running our government."

The "Occupy Naperville" movement echoes "Occupy Aurora" and "Occupy Elgin" events from last weekend, Alesch said, illustrating how the movement has grown from major cities and gained a suburban presence.

"The system is broken everywhere, not just in the big cities," he said. "The regular way of doing things is not working so we need people in all areas to take a stand."

The recent rallies in Elgin and Aurora drew about 40 and 25 people, respectively, so Alesch isn't sure what kind of turnout to expect in Naperville. But he said his organization has been talking to people and using social media outlets to draw protesters.

"I have no idea what to expect but I'm hoping for the best," he said. "I guess we'll find out how concerned Naperville is about all of this on Saturday."

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