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This is not what democracy looks like

Monday, Oct 31, 2011

* Serving an “eviction notice” on legislators and lobbyists ain’t exactly democratic

Several Occupy Illinois groups came together Saturday in Springfield for Occupy Your State Capital Day. […]

Next came the first reading of an eviction notice delivered to the lobbyists for the 1% and their servants in elected office who currently occupy the Illinois Capitol Building. It reflects that the same issues raised by the Wall Street Occupiers exist in Illinois state government. Rather than a request for temporary fixes, it’s an indictment of a broken, corrupted political system that’s largely unresponsive to the 99%.

* Again, an “eviction notice,” no matter how symbolic, is not in any way democratic. From their press release

TO ALL MEMBERS OF THE PRESS: The General Assembly for Occupy Springfield has agreed to stand in solidarity with National Occupy Your State Capital Day by posting a Notice of Eviction on the door of the State Capitol. Lobbyists and their servants in elected office will be notified their tenure in the Capitol Building is over.

A handful of protesters has no right to overturn elections nor deny people from exercising their 1st Amendment right to petition the government, no matter how much one might disagree with their employers. I fully support the occupy folks’ rights to protest. I flat out oppose any attempt to take away constitutional rights from others. When we overturn elections we don’t like or allow the government to decide who can and who cannot lobby, we’re gonna be in really big trouble.

* Video

…Adding… I think John and Paul put it best…

But when you talk about destruction
Don’t you know that you can count me out

- Posted by Rich Miller        


80 Comments
  1. - Just Observing - Monday, Oct 31, 11 @ 10:31 am:

    Well said Rich. And I’m quite sure if pressed if they want union lobbyists, environmental lobbyists, and ACLU lobbyists “evicted” the answer would be no.


  2. - cover - Monday, Oct 31, 11 @ 10:43 am:

    Rich, maybe the Occupiers listened to the White Album version, where an undecided John says “out, in” at the end of that line.


  3. - wordslinger - Monday, Oct 31, 11 @ 10:45 am:

    I think legislators and lobbyists of all stripes will be safe.

    By definition, a symbolic gesture is one that seeks to convey a message precisely through actions known to have no real effect.

    Undemocratic? They’re using symbolism to exercise their freedom of speech while preventing no one else from exercising their same freedoms as they see fit.

    They’re not setting off bombs in the Pentagon or federal buildings, like the old Weathermen and FALN types who are still around did.


  4. - walkinfool - Monday, Oct 31, 11 @ 10:48 am:

    No, I think they do want “all lobbyists and their servants” evicted.

    Looks like a great American political demonstration to me. As usual: well-intentioned, though misdirected, and bringing passion around a greater issue. We see that all the time in Springfield.

    What they don’t quite get is that they are lobbying as they speak.

    They also mistakenly assume that most legislators are servants of their biggest contributors, which has not been my experience.


  5. - anonymous - Monday, Oct 31, 11 @ 10:50 am:

    First item on the eviction notice list: “You have created barriers to direct democracy . . .”

    Damn those founding fathers and all their constitutional works!


  6. - Spliff - Monday, Oct 31, 11 @ 10:52 am:

    The video is funny. especially since one of AFSCME’s lobbyists is at the rally. Maybe she doesn’t want to go to work anymore.


  7. - anon - Monday, Oct 31, 11 @ 10:54 am:

    I saw a few of these folks hitchhiking on 55 South on my way down to veto last week. It was a really strange sight. Who hitchhikes? Who would pick up a hitchhiker?


  8. - Ahoy - Monday, Oct 31, 11 @ 10:55 am:

    My favorite is how AFSME lobbyist were trying to evict everyone else’s lobbyist…


  9. - Mike Davis - Monday, Oct 31, 11 @ 11:03 am:

    Lets be a touch over-literal huh? Oh and “destruction”?? REALLY? You mean like destroying the corporate stranglehold on the legislative process? Then yeah I guess that counts as destruction. Billions spent on bribing - oh wait I mean making campaign contributions to legislators,no one thinks that needs to be destroyed now do they? Take a look at the real issue - we have the best Government money can buy.


  10. - Shore - Monday, Oct 31, 11 @ 11:05 am:

    what’s funny about the protesters is that the people that were on tv marching with them-the unions-jan schakowsky are the people that actually supported the governor and statehouse democrats the most last year. so the unions are now wasting their resources protesting the people that 11 months ago they supported.


  11. - Anonymous - Monday, Oct 31, 11 @ 11:06 am:

    First item on the eviction notice list: “You have created barriers to direct democracy . . .”
    ———-

    Yeah, since direct democracy has worked so great in California . . .


  12. - Rich Miller - Monday, Oct 31, 11 @ 11:07 am:

    Mike, I noted the symbolic nature. However, y’all posted the eviction notice, not me. Deal with it.


  13. - Anonymous - Monday, Oct 31, 11 @ 11:15 am:

    This is an area in which the protesters CAN make a difference - if they actually wanted to make a difference. Instead of camping out or marching on the Capitol when NO ONE IS THERE, try helping out on a campaign of a candidate you want to see elected or respectfully asking a sitting legislator if you and your pals can meet with him or her - and be nice about it. The reason some politicians don’t hold town meetings are because of actions like this. There’s no reason to scream and make a scene. Be respectful about it.


  14. - wordslinger - Monday, Oct 31, 11 @ 11:16 am:

    This is exactly what democracy looks like. You might not like the symbolic method of speech, or even the message, but unless I missed something, there was no threat of destruction to anyone or anything, nor any attempt to keep anyone else from exercising their rights as well.


  15. - Team Sleep - Monday, Oct 31, 11 @ 11:17 am:

    The anon comment at 11:15 was me.


  16. - OccupySPFLD - Monday, Oct 31, 11 @ 11:21 am:

    Wordslinger had it exactly right. That was the intention. It was an act of political theater meant to raise questions. Democracy is not about elections it is about the conversations that happen within the public sphere between elections. We have lost the democratic culture of our society that is fundamental to a functioning democracy, the occupy movement and the specific action this past weekend is an attempt to raise question and revive democratic culture. The kind of culture the Tocqueville commended that has relatively vanished from our society. For a blog that regularly reports on the inner working of the legislature and on the same day in which there is a post about campaign finance loop holes be taken advantage of by ComEd I would expect a little more sympathy…


  17. - Wickedred - Monday, Oct 31, 11 @ 11:25 am:

    I hang my head in shame, having seen the AFSCME shirt in almost every single shot of that video. For the record, not every AFSCME member is behind the Occupy movement.
    To me, both “Occupy” and “Protest” have negative connotations and I want nothing to do with them.

    Although now they do appear to finally be rallying against the politicians and not Wall Street, there won’t be a change unless somehow people are able to get politicians to change the way they vote when they are in session.


  18. - Rich Miller - Monday, Oct 31, 11 @ 11:29 am:

    ===I would expect a little more sympathy===

    You’re not gonna get sympathy for wanting to unilaterally repeal part of the 1st Amendment and overturn elections. Period. End of story.


  19. - Jaded - Monday, Oct 31, 11 @ 11:30 am:

    If you’re looking for sympathy, Hallmark has some great cards. Otherwise, hold your protests make your points and quite your whining.


  20. - just sayin' - Monday, Oct 31, 11 @ 11:30 am:

    Hey they have a point if lawmakers aren’t even casting their own votes. Not much point of them being there.


  21. - Rich Miller - Monday, Oct 31, 11 @ 11:30 am:

    Also, enough with the weasel words about “questions” or “symbolism.” You demanded their eviction. I take your words seriously. Either stand by them or use different words.


  22. - wordslinger - Monday, Oct 31, 11 @ 11:33 am:

    I don’t think Homer Stokes actually intended to use the Little Man to violently sweep Pappy “Pass the Biscuits” Daniels out of office.


  23. - Jaded - Monday, Oct 31, 11 @ 11:36 am:

    Maybe so wordslinger, but he got ran out on a rail, and Pappy stayed in office.


  24. - 47th Ward - Monday, Oct 31, 11 @ 11:36 am:

    ===I take your words seriously===

    And therein lies the problem. The organizers didn’t even take their words seriously.

    I used to know a couple of lobbyists that had office space in the Capitol Building. Not sure if it was ever “official” or not, or if they paid rent, but it sure was convenient. For them. The rest of us schlubs have to find some other place to hang out, leave our coats, and return calls.

    There might even be a story in there if any reporter wants to write about the various nooks and cranies in the old building that have been taken over by lobbyists.


  25. - steve schnorf - Monday, Oct 31, 11 @ 11:36 am:

    Unless there was an unusual fluke, there wasn’t and hardly ever is one member of the 1% in the Capitol. Steinbrenner did come one day, he might qualify.


  26. - Rich Miller - Monday, Oct 31, 11 @ 11:41 am:

    Correct, 47th. If you don’t want an eviction, don’t say you do.


  27. - Doktah - Monday, Oct 31, 11 @ 11:49 am:

    Great website Rich - would be even better it yo nixed the superior attitude you use on occasion when responding to reader comments.


  28. - Anonymous - Monday, Oct 31, 11 @ 11:51 am:

    The problem with the OWS protestors is that they confuse symbolism with action. Say what you want about the Tea Party people, but they’re in the arena trying to get people they agree with elected to office, and people they disagree with voted out of office. As a result, they’ve already gotten like-minded people elected to office and influenced policy debates (granted, less so in Illinois than in other states). The OWS people generally seem to disdain the nitty-gritty work of politics, and prefer holding dramatic protests. Perhaps that allows them to feel better about themselves, but it doesn’t actually influence anything. The ironic thing is, it’s on the state and local level where a few hundred organized activists can potentially make the biggest difference.


  29. - Rich Miller - Monday, Oct 31, 11 @ 11:53 am:

    Doktah, the bar is set high in comments. If you can’t handle people pointing out the flaws in your logic, it’s best to stay away.


  30. - OccupySPFLD - Monday, Oct 31, 11 @ 12:00 pm:

    Anonymous: On the national level hasn’t the OWS movement noticeably shifted the political narrative and discussion since it started? Is symbolic acts of speech that transform the predominant political narrative an important and noteworthy development?


  31. - Team Sleep - Monday, Oct 31, 11 @ 12:05 pm:

    Did I actually read that democracy is not about elections?! I spent a few hours yesterday getting petition signatures for a candidate I support. It was raining and blustery. Elections are at the cornerstone of our republic. It does not take wealth or influence to volunteer for a campaign or a group like a local 9-12 or Move On chapter. Anyone who has voted and is still allowed to vote can pass petitions, walk in parades and lit drop for candidates. Reading statements like that make me fear for our future.


  32. - Rich Miller - Monday, Oct 31, 11 @ 12:07 pm:

    ===Is symbolic acts of speech that transform the predominant political narrative an important and noteworthy development? ===

    Absolutely. And if you try to transform the political narrative to whether elections should be overturned, well, that’s gonna be a problem for you.


  33. - Jake From Elwood - Monday, Oct 31, 11 @ 12:08 pm:

    Perform your “evictions” from the ballot boxes one at a time otherwise your concerns ring hollow to me. Mobilize a Scott Brown like the TeaPartiers did in Massachusetts and the establishment will take you more seriously. You do have 99% of the people on your side, right?


  34. - MikeMacD - Monday, Oct 31, 11 @ 12:09 pm:

    People peaceably assembling, speaking, and petitioning their Government for a redress of grievances is not what democracy looks like.

    That conflicts with my understanding.


  35. - Rich Miller - Monday, Oct 31, 11 @ 12:11 pm:

    MikeMacD, nobody here, myself included, questions your right to say what you said. I question what you’re saying.

    Try not to twist my words, please.


  36. - OccupySPFLD - Monday, Oct 31, 11 @ 12:11 pm:

    Team Sleep: Yes in the long history of political science and democratic theory the hyper focus on elections as the sole determinant and pillar of democracy is a recent modern development. Democracy is about way more than the electoral process. I will amend my statement to say democracy is about much more than just elections.


  37. - Rich Miller - Monday, Oct 31, 11 @ 12:13 pm:

    ===Democracy is about way more than the electoral process.===

    Exactly. It’s also about petitioning the government for redress of grievances - a right you want to curtail.


  38. - Responsa - Monday, Oct 31, 11 @ 12:24 pm:

    ==Democracy is not about elections it is about the conversations that happen within the public sphere between elections. We have lost the democratic culture of our society that is fundamental to a functioning democracy, the occupy movement and the specific action this past weekend is an attempt to raise question and revive democratic culture.==

    Those are pretty words. But(FWIW)here’s a helpful hint to the occupiers. Just parroting tired slogans and indulging in mindless chanting, harangues, and beating drums is not going to magically reawaken and inspire and instill “democratic culture” (whatever the heck that is). Those actions are not even technically communication. And that is certainly not having a “conversation.” In fact, the dronelike, zombielike drumming and chanting of slogans gives off a completely different vibe and message–and that message is very clear: “We the occupiers are NOT having any conversations with you. We are not interested in engaging you, or in having any conversations within our own group right now. We are not even actively doing any thinking or contemplation within our own heads.”


  39. - OccupySPFLD - Monday, Oct 31, 11 @ 12:36 pm:

    Responsa: After the march and eviction notice part we had a two hour open mic where anyone and everyone got the chance to say a few words about why they were there and what they wanted to see change ect. The eviction notice was a political theater act intended to try and start a larger conversation about the way in which money influences policy decisions and electoral politics. The conversation was actually intended to be one with the rest of the public and not the legislature. We at least got 300 people to get off their butts, turn off their TV, and engage with others in a social face-to-face setting to talk about or listen to speakers commenting on the current state of affairs.


  40. - Will - Monday, Oct 31, 11 @ 12:39 pm:

    Rich, you might have a point if Illinois had something resembling legitimate, democratic elections. Do you really believe that? Is our “one dollar = one vote” system democracy? Is it democracy when half the legislative races are uncontested?

    And you’re simply wrong to claim it’s an attack on all forms of lobbying. Look at who the eviction notice is addressed to:
    “The lobbyists for the 1%, and their cohabitating servants in elected office…”

    I think you know that isn’t directed at public interest groups or an individual citizen’s right to petition the government. Are you really so jaded that you can’t tolerate someone criticizing a legislative system that blocks any bill opposed by banking lobbyists?


  41. - Pot calling kettle - Monday, Oct 31, 11 @ 12:40 pm:

    If the Occupiers wish to “evict” anyone from the Capitol (state or DC), they need to spend the next month circulating petitions. That should be their next move. In Illinois, the filing deadline is early December. The first step toward “eviction” is to get a preferred alternative on the ballot. Protesting is great, but at some point, you have to go from words to action. Now is the time!


  42. - Bill - Monday, Oct 31, 11 @ 12:43 pm:

    Did anyone notice the mime at the 1:20 mark? Guess he was representing the “silent artist” cross section.


  43. - Rich Miller - Monday, Oct 31, 11 @ 12:47 pm:

    ===And you’re simply wrong to claim it’s an attack on all forms of lobbying.===

    No, I’m not. What if somebody decreed that only Occupy Springfield folks couldn’t protest?


  44. - Responsa - Monday, Oct 31, 11 @ 12:48 pm:

    ==And you’re simply wrong to claim it’s an attack on all forms of lobbying. Look at who the eviction notice is addressed to:
    “The lobbyists for the 1%, and their cohabitating servants in elected office…”==

    And, Will, you don’t even see why this statement is a big problem do you? Who appointed you to decide who the good and bad lobbyists are? Who elected you to choose which lobbyists can exert influence upon the servants in public office and which cannot? Who declared you to be the arbiter of which causes are just and worthy and which are not?


  45. - Rich Miller - Monday, Oct 31, 11 @ 12:48 pm:

    ===you might have a point if Illinois had something resembling legitimate, democratic elections.===

    So, you admit that you’re calling for the overturning of elections.


  46. - Rich Miller - Monday, Oct 31, 11 @ 12:51 pm:

    Also, I’m having a hard time understanding why people who truly want to be taken seriously are so touchy when I do take them seriously.


  47. - Will - Monday, Oct 31, 11 @ 1:09 pm:

    It was addressed to lobbyists specifically for the 1%. It’s a commentary on the undue influence wealth has on the legislative process. There are plenty of things to write about in the eviction notice without setting up a straw-man.

    It’s also an indirect commentary on how the statehouse press help to maintain the system by not reporting on bills killed in committee by special interest lobbyists. The eviction bill mentioned in the list of demands is one example. Does current reporting inform people of how banking lobbyists can keep any bill they dislike from coming to a vote on the floor?
    http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/BillStatus.asp?DocTypeID=HB&DocNum=3316&GAID=11&SessionID=84&LegID=60691


  48. - That Guy - Monday, Oct 31, 11 @ 1:12 pm:

    “It was addressed to lobbyists specifically for the 1%. It’s a commentary on the undue influence wealth has on the legislative process. There are plenty of things to write about in the eviction notice without setting up a straw-man.”

    Ironic considering “the 1%” is the ultimate straw-man.


  49. - Rich Miller - Monday, Oct 31, 11 @ 1:14 pm:

    ===without setting up a straw-man.===

    You set it up, not me.


  50. - Will - Monday, Oct 31, 11 @ 1:16 pm:

    Rich, thanks for posting this. I don’t know if your comment about people being touchy was directed at me. I enjoy a good debate, but I don’t mean to be overly critical.

    My impression is that many of the people in occupy groups are there precisely because they feel the electoral system is broken, so they’re looking for another avenue to take action. The eviction notice gives voice to that frustration.


  51. - Lakeview - Monday, Oct 31, 11 @ 1:26 pm:

    Quite frankly, politicians and lobbyists who think that it’s in the best interests of democracy to, say, allow lobbyists to receive a taxpayer guaranteed defined benefit pension in exchange for one day of substitute teaching deserve to be evicted, and it can happen in the next election if the voters get their acts together.


  52. - Small Town Liberal - Monday, Oct 31, 11 @ 1:32 pm:

    Sheesh folks, I’m 100% behind the occupy movement, but try to use some common sense with your messages. A simple “We will be sending your eviction notice through the ballot box” would suffice. Fox and the rest are going to label you as zealots no matter what, try not to give everyone else a reason to do the same.


  53. - Responsa - Monday, Oct 31, 11 @ 1:33 pm:

    Lakeview–good point. I don’t think those you just cited were lobbyists for the 1% either, were they? Interesting.


  54. - Just Observing - Monday, Oct 31, 11 @ 1:42 pm:

    === And you’re simply wrong to claim it’s an attack on all forms of lobbying. Look at who the eviction notice is addressed to: “The lobbyists for the 1%, and their cohabitating servants in elected office…” ===

    It would be helpful if you specifically listed the lobbyists and organizations you proposed to ban from exercising their constitutional rights? And should we just prohibit speech by those in the “one percent” or expand to any minority group that represents 49.9 percent or less? Perhaps we should limit African-Americans from discussing African-American concerns with their legislators because they only represent about 13 percent of America. What about Jews? They only represent about two percent of America… shouldn’t they be silenced too?


  55. - Ace Matson - Monday, Oct 31, 11 @ 2:12 pm:

    Venting a frustration by pouting is what four- year olds do. To be taken seriously, you have to engage in the electoral process. ‘Occupy’ protestors look too much like unemployed losers who should be volunteering for charity work and circulating petitions and honing job skills. I went to anti-Vietnam war protests and levitated the Pentagon because it made me feel important, it was fun, and I got to meet easy girls!! So enjoy, but get in the game, people!!


  56. - reformer - Monday, Oct 31, 11 @ 2:53 pm:

    The background to the eviction is the $1.3 million dollars the utilities handed out to legislators’ campaign funds prior to the vote. If the money made no difference, why would they throw it away?


  57. - Rich Miller - Monday, Oct 31, 11 @ 2:55 pm:

    Yes, because as well all know, ComEd crashed the international economy in 2008.


  58. - Dead Head - Monday, Oct 31, 11 @ 3:37 pm:

    Rich, you’re words would have more weight if you weren’t a 1%er.


  59. - Rich Miller - Monday, Oct 31, 11 @ 3:40 pm:

    DH, if I was a one percenter I’d be making a million dollars a year. If I made a million dollars a year, I would hire somebody to do this blog.


  60. - Rich Miller - Monday, Oct 31, 11 @ 3:42 pm:

    Actually, if I made less than half that, I’d hire somebody to do this blog.


  61. - Justin Boland - Monday, Oct 31, 11 @ 3:44 pm:

    Appreciate the feedback, Rich. I was actually wondering on Saturday how you’d interpret the political theater. Personally, I’m more grateful for specific criticism than general support, so this was an excellent contribution.


  62. - Mike an Ike - Monday, Oct 31, 11 @ 3:48 pm:

    Maybe if a lot of these people’s Moms and Dads made them get jobs they would see how America does things.How can you move from town to town or camp out for weeks with no means of employment


  63. - Occupy Hip Hop - Monday, Oct 31, 11 @ 3:51 pm:

    If an eviction notice is serious. The message it represents is as well. Due to the inaction of the legislature there are thousands of americans recieving similar notices everyday, though not so symbolic in nature.


  64. - Occupy Hip Hop - Monday, Oct 31, 11 @ 3:54 pm:

    Our pursuit of change is our employment, and we are very grateful to those who support what we are standing for and allowing us to occupy.


  65. - Responsa - Monday, Oct 31, 11 @ 3:54 pm:

    ==Due to the inaction of the legislature there are thousands of americans recieving similar notices everyday, though not so symbolic in nature==

    Could you maybe connect the dots on this one for us with respect to Occupy Spfld?


  66. - Dead Head - Monday, Oct 31, 11 @ 4:00 pm:

    I won’t get into it with you here, but some of us still know how to do math.


  67. - Rich Miller - Monday, Oct 31, 11 @ 4:01 pm:

    DH you are so far off as to be laughable. Seriously, if I made even close to that kind of cash I wouldn’t be responding to you right now. I’d back off if I were you.


  68. - Rich Miller - Monday, Oct 31, 11 @ 4:02 pm:

    Also, unlike yourself, I have no lifetime defined benefit pension.


  69. - Occupy Hip Hop - Monday, Oct 31, 11 @ 4:03 pm:

    The legislative officals who chose to do nothing when banks and morgage companies were operations under predatory lending practices that have led to 1 out of every 605 housing units in america to be in forclosure status


  70. - seachild14 - Monday, Oct 31, 11 @ 4:04 pm:

    Rich: If you’re being sincere, and simply trying to express some ‘tough love’ to “occupy”, than I applaud you. If you’re taking the easy way and playing the cynic, and in the process patting the ’system’ that provides you a very nice living on back, well than I’m disappointed.


  71. - Rich Miller - Monday, Oct 31, 11 @ 4:04 pm:

    OHH, they actually passed a bill on that topic, but Blagojevich wiped it out with new rules. Who backed those rules? Rev. Jesse Jackson.


  72. - Rich Miller - Monday, Oct 31, 11 @ 4:05 pm:

    seachild14, I say what I say because I mean it. If you want to ascribe intent, feel free, but you’d be wrong.


  73. - Rich Miller - Monday, Oct 31, 11 @ 4:06 pm:

    Also, I wouldn’t call it tough love. Just telling them what I believe.


  74. - Responsa - Monday, Oct 31, 11 @ 4:11 pm:

    Hip Hop, not trying to give you a hard time but my query about connecting the dots had to do with Saturday’s Capitol eviction order, the Springfield Illinois legislature and the state of Illinois, which are the subjects of this thread and of this blog. Thanks


  75. - Bill - Monday, Oct 31, 11 @ 4:12 pm:

    ==Also, unlike yourself, I have no lifetime defined benefit pension.==
    Yeah, but whose fault is that. We all make our choices in life.


  76. - Occupy Hip Hop - Monday, Oct 31, 11 @ 4:13 pm:

    My response was one of the reasons that an eviction notice had been used as the sybolic premise


  77. - Rich Miller - Monday, Oct 31, 11 @ 4:14 pm:

    True, Bill. True.


  78. - seachild14 - Monday, Oct 31, 11 @ 4:18 pm:

    Even though I lived in Springfield for most of my life, I don’t think I could feel any more disconnected from these so-called “elections” that you seem to be serious about Rich. Let’s call a spade a spade, we don’t have “elections”, we have scripted and televised fraud that occurs on a cyclical basis. When enough people, (even the people that read and or post on this blog), feel enough pain, the walls will come tumbling down.


  79. - Plutocrat03 - Monday, Oct 31, 11 @ 4:21 pm:

    “hasn’t the OWS movement noticeably shifted the political narrative”

    Not really, there has to be something to shift it to before that can happen.


  80. - Rich Miller - Monday, Oct 31, 11 @ 4:24 pm:

    I hope you enjoyed your brief commenting stint here, seachild14, because that’s your last one. I’d suggest you visit a more radical, revolutionary website. This blog is half about the elections which you believe are universally fraudulent, and the other half is about the government you so disdain. Goodbye. And good luck with your warped view of what democracy ought to look like.

    Oh, and if the revolution does happen, I’ll be the one refusing to wear a blindfold.


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        * As he seeks Wilson's runoff endorsement, Mayor .....
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        * Panel calls for pardon of famous paleontologist Peter Larson
        * Lawmakers propose increasing earned income tax credit
        * Remains of 2 babies found in ceiling at Indiana funeral home
        * Report: Illinois budget cuts would harm children in poverty
        * Couple offers $92M to Northwestern University medical school
        * $92M donation to go to Northwestern University med school
        * Senate panel passes ban on plastic beads polluting lakes
        * Park Ridge mayor dies at 57 after 'sudden illness'
        * At least 15 vehicles involved in wrecks on bridge
        * Lincoln carriage heading from South Bend to Washington, DC

        * Lawmakers propose increasing state's earned income tax credit
        * Local men plead guilty to stealing millions from Illinois EPA
        * Report: State budget cuts would harm children in poverty
        * Court monitor says IDOT should clean house on hiring rules
        * Senate President Cullerton: We're not stalling
        * Judge grants delay of medical marijuana permit in Kankakee
        * State's medical marijuana patients now number 1,600
        * Illinois hires firm to evaluate shuttered Eagle Creek Resort
        * Committee approves plan to plug some budget holes
        * State superintendent warns of 'perfect storm' for school districts

        * Walgreens and CVS declare war on property taxes
        * Americans spent $58 billion to pamper, protect pets in 2014
        * A solar-powered lamp for everyone
        * How AbbVie beat out behemoth J&J to buy Pharmacyclics
        * An Open Table for groups debuts


          * 2 wounded in separate shootings on Northwest and South Sides
          * April 6 trial set for McHenry County man accused of shooting sheriff's deputies
          * Prairie-style home, sold for $10, is moved to new lot in Evanston
          * Lawmaker calls for expansion of state role on O'Hare noise
          * Garcia says he'll take down Chicago red light cameras
          * Mayor: 'Good Wife' wrong about Evanston politics
          * 2 questioned in attempted home invasion that left man dead
          * Northwestern's $92 million gift will go toward biomedical research
          * Skilling: More record cold, then maybe 55 by next week
          * Woman accused of Facebook chatting before crash that killed 3 kids


          * Art Beat: Paintings, A Doc & Psychedelic Rock
          * Let's Talk Kids - "A Shot in the Arm"
          * Lincoln Carriage Headed To DC
          * Bedrock 66 Live! Features Celtic And Psychedelic Rock
          * "Don't Get Used To This" Breezy Budget Hearing
          * Lawmaker Suggests Eliminating Tuition Waivers For University Employees' Children
          * Profitable Exelon Seeks Legislation To Save Unprofitable Nuclear Plants
          * Sexting Laws Could Be Added to School Handbooks
          * McDonalds to phase out chicken raised with certain antibiotics
          * Illinois Hires Firm To Evaluate Shuttered Eagle Creek Resort


          * Lawmakers propose increasing state's earned income tax credit
          * Local men plead guilty to stealing millions from Illinois EPA
          * Bernard Schoenburg: Butler will listen to many before taking tough votes
          * Rep. Mark Batinick: Illinois can find savings in workers' comp reforms
          * George Will: Stopping the IRS
          * Eugene Robinson: Boehner's sorry spectacle
          * Court monitor says IDOT should clean house on hiring rules
          * Senate President Cullerton: We're not stalling
          * Judge grants delay of medical marijuana permit in Kankakee
          * State's medical marijuana patients now number 1,600


          * SouthPark hosts free family stock car event
          * Local author holds book signing at Rhythm City
          * Cub Scout Pack hosts medieval fair
          * Kids Count report finds child poverty is persistent post recession
          * TOCO collects items for the homeless
          * Trees and seeds for sale from conservation district
          * Firefighters honor Hoffman on anniversary of his death
          * Thursday March 5 government meetings
          * Investigation clears police in fatal Arcola shooting
          * Final legislative forum set for Saturday


          * UnitedHealthcare debuts new app features so you can stay mobile
          * Quarterbacks, coaches, coordinators dominate spring stories
          * US stocks edge higher; Pharmacyclics jumps on AbbVie bid
          * Rolling Meadows reverses again on fire station decision
          * Error means bigger tax bill for some in Kane County

          * Bost support of comp time bill has comment...
          * Illinois Reps urge nuclear solution
          * Illinois Reps urge nuclear solution
          * Kinzinger: Time for Obama to stop ignoring...
          * Adam Kinzinger to Iraqis: Iran's Military ...
          * Rep. Rodney Davis and Rep. Mike Bost: Stro...
          * Kinzinger disagrees with Obama's criticism...
          * Lincoln Day Dinner for Jackson County Repu...
          * The Gentle Warrior Award Honorees acknowle...
          * Iowa and Illinois lawmakers issue statemen...

          * Democrats Press Mitch McConnell To Give AG......
          * Will a Royal Edict on Ammo Mock the Consti......
          * War authorization in trouble on Hill...
          * House Leaders Make Bipartisan Plea to Obam......
          * Will: Rein In The IRS...

          * U.S. Democrats back off Iran legislation w......
          * Netanyahu's speech had no real news — just......
          * RACISM? Sen. Mark Kirk's endorsement of Ra......
          * McConnell fast-tracks bill to slow approva......

          * Former Illinois Gov. Quinn earning $11,396 per month taxpayer-funded pension
          * Illinois House Committee votes to put state's vaccination policy in hands of bureaucrats
          * Repairs On The Way For Clarendon Park Fieldhouse, More To Come
          * After Concealed Carry: ‘Constitutional Carry’ With No Permits Needed
          * WLS dumps more conservative talk show hosts - including Rush Limbaugh
          * Morning Minute: U.S. pending home sales hit 18-month high
          * Is SEIU’s President Tom Balanoff going to be bullied by Christine Boardman?
          * Morning Minute: Federal Reserve finds improving economic growth in early 2015
          * Rahm’s new TV ad. “You’re going to respect me!”
          * Chicago Rating Downgrade Triggers Swaps Terms, Outlook Remains Negative


          * IEMA Urges People to Prepare for Severe Weather - Tornadoes, floods and severe storms can happen any time of year
          * IDHS helps more than 5,000 individuals with disabilities find jobs - Program offers necessary tools to earn a living wage and become more independent
          * 24th Anniversary Desert Storm Remembrance Ceremony
          * Illinois Department of Human Rights Announces 2015 Spring Training Schedule
          * Snow and Freezing Rain to Impact Travel in Illinois - IDOT Crews Prepared to Battle Winter Weather this Weekend




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