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  • U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky, an Evanston Democrat, was arrested Tuesday at an immigration reform rally in Washington, D.C.

      U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky, an Evanston Democrat, was arrested Tuesday at an immigration reform rally in Washington, D.C.
    Courtesy of Jan Schakowsky's OFFICE

  • U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky, an Evanston Democrat, was arrested Tuesday at an immigration reform rally in Washington, D.C.

      U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky, an Evanston Democrat, was arrested Tuesday at an immigration reform rally in Washington, D.C.
    Courtesy of Jan Schakowsky's office

  • Jan Schakowsky

      Jan Schakowsky

 
 

U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky, an Evanston Democrat, was arrested Tuesday for blocking a street near the National Mall at an immigration reform rally in Washington, her spokeswoman said.

Schakowsky was with other demonstrators as part of a civil disobedience effort calling for immigration reform, spokeswoman Sabrina Singh said.

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Schakowsky's 9th Congressional district includes portions of Des Plaines, Arlington Heights, Mount Prospect, Prospect Heights, and Northbrook.

A U.S. Capitol Police spokesman said the charge is "crowding, obstructing, and incommoding."

At least seven other members of Congress were arrested, too, including U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez, a Chicago Democrat.

Singh said Schakowsky was processed and was released before 8 p.m. Eastern time.

Schakowsky's wrists were tied as she was being taken away, Singh said.

Democratic lawmakers in the U.S. House have been pushing an immigration reform plan that includes a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.

But the issue hasn't always been front-and-center in Congress in the past few weeks as lawmakers have grappled over a government shutdown and the question of military action in Syria.

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