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"Occupy Wall Street" comes to Rockford

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Todd Paluzzi, a janitor laid off by RPS District 205 says the rich are getting richer and the poor, poorer. Todd Paluzzi, a janitor laid off by RPS District 205 says the rich are getting richer and the poor, poorer.
Mike Korn, a unemployed paralegal, has lost track of the number of applications sent out to find a job. Mike Korn, a unemployed paralegal, has lost track of the number of applications sent out to find a job.
Yvette Szpila's husband was recently laid off from the United States Postal Service, hopes the government doesn't forget about it's constituents. Yvette Szpila's husband was recently laid off from the United States Postal Service, hopes the government doesn't forget about it's constituents.
ROCKFORD (WREX) -

Rockford protesters say the government is broken and lawmakers have lost touch with their constituents.

"The margin is slipping further and further," said Todd Paluzzi, a former RPS 205 employee. "There's no middle class no more, the rich keep getting richer and here we are, poor."

Leon Christie is a former construction worker who says his hard job put him in a wheelchair. Now, the services he relies on are being cut while corporations get bailed out—and he's fed up.

"Medicaid gets cut, I have to pay more for prescriptions and buy less for groceries," said Christie. "Wouldn't you be fed up?"

For Mike Korn, an unemployed paralegal, the year and a half he's spent looking for jobs has been exhausting. He says America needs jobs now, but they're not coming.

"I'm not against people becoming rich or capitalism, but it's skewed out of control," said Korn.

Protesters say the government's not listening to them—and that's why they're "occupying," hoping someone will hear them.

Yvette Szpila's husband was just recently laid off from the post office. She is disabled. She says Americans have been sold out by the government and Wall Street and Americans need is a little help.

"We're willing to work for it, just give us jobs and don't forget about us," said Szpila.

In a statement from Illinois Congressman Don Manzullo, he says he's working to "strengthen American manufacturing," adding that many of the problems that face the protesters will be fixed once Americans are working again.

Illinois Senator Dick Durbin says he listens to the movement's unhappiness with the economy, as well as understands their frustrations with decisions made by Wall Street financial institutions.

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