CHICAGO — While Chicago had the largest in the state, and one of the largest in the country, sister marches to the Women’s March on Washington took place across Illinois, including traditionally conservative cities.
The Chicago Tribune reported that about 250,000 people flooded into downtown to participate in the march. Organizers originally expected 40,000 when they first announced plans and increased it to 70,000 by Friday. The crowd got so large that the march through the Loop had to be cancelled- the crowd had filled the entire route of the march. The rally still took place.
Sizable crowds showed up in all parts of the state. The Southern Illinoisan reported that nearly 1,000 marched through downtown Carbondale, with hundreds more joining the main march in Washington, D.C.
According to the State Journal-Register in Springfield, more than 1,000 marched on the Old State Capitol, with U.S. Senator Dick Durbin one of the speakers. His fellow senator Tammy Duckworth spoke at the DC march.