SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Anti corporate protesters storm IMA headquarters

Thursday, May 9, 2013

* A group called Fair Economy Illinois was at the Statehouse yesterday to lobby for a corporate transparency bill and a proposal to close some corporate loopholes.

* But the group also forced its way into the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association headquarters yesterday. From the IMA

A group of approximately 50 protesters forced their way into IMA’s Springfield lobby and briefly chanted anti-fracking slogans for about 10 minutes Wednesday afternoon.

The well-rehearsed protest disbursed when the group’s leaders heard police being dispatched via scanners they were monitoring.

No damage was done, no arrests were made, and no minds were changed about the benefits of hydraulic fracturing.

The IMA building has a secure, electronic entrance, but apparently one of the protesters posed as a flower delivery person and that’s how the rest of them got in. The protesters also apparently hung up a sign on the outside of the building calling the IMA the “Illinois Money-Grabbing Association.”

* From the Twitters


* A short video of the protest inside the IMA

* A photo from the protesters entitled “is this where they manufacture our elected officials?”

* And a photo provided by the IMA…

- Posted by Rich Miller        


28 Comments
  1. - Cassiopeia - Thursday, May 9, 13 @ 10:23 am:

    This is actually a pretty lame protest. Don’t see that anything was actually accomplished. Many of them seem a little embarrassed.


  2. - Jaded - Thursday, May 9, 13 @ 10:32 am:

    “funny how calm the IMA sounds..they were pretty unnerved by our presence”
    Yea, a bunch of people force their way into your office (private business private property) and start protesting and you wouldn’t be unnerved. I say get a life and quite complaining about everybody else’s life.


  3. - wordslinger - Thursday, May 9, 13 @ 10:33 am:

    Whatever, it’s a free country.

    But don’t just do the self-congratulating, feel-good stuff; organize your neighborhoods and put some fear in legislators.


  4. - Allen Skillicorn - Thursday, May 9, 13 @ 10:35 am:

    “chanted anti-fracking slogans”

    Umm, fracking for clean burning natural gas is A LOT betting than burning coal people. Converting power production and even transportation to nat gas would be the biggest environmental success our nation has ever seen.


  5. - bmcosti - Thursday, May 9, 13 @ 10:36 am:

    Apparently, they weren’t upset at the fact that Illinois has the 4th highest corporate income tax in the world for non-clouted businesses, and offer no proposal to reduce these obscene taxes on small business. They just want to hike the taxes on the clouted businesses so every business left in Illinois will suffer equally.


  6. - walkinfool - Thursday, May 9, 13 @ 10:36 am:

    The IMA has little to do with either fracking or corporate transparency issues.

    Whatever.


  7. - hisgirlfriday - Thursday, May 9, 13 @ 10:46 am:

    Wish the folks protesting corporate welfare could come up with better ideas and strategies to advance the cause. Not that I have them but this is too important an issue for our economic future to let pass by. I’m just not sure how you address it at the state level though.


  8. - Just Saying - Thursday, May 9, 13 @ 11:01 am:

    –”No damage was done, no arrests were made, and no minds were changed …”

    Good one. That sums up just about every protest that hits Springfield. Yawn.


  9. - dupage dan - Thursday, May 9, 13 @ 11:04 am:

    blahblahblah. If these folks really want to protest the manufacturing community they should go live in a cave and eat fruits and nuts. Just don’t steal them from the trees, that would be bad.


  10. - Exhausted - Thursday, May 9, 13 @ 11:06 am:

    When all the profitable corporations in Illinois and the US fail a lot of wonderful things will happen to the “People”. Let’s see…Things like in the Soviet Union days..starvation, endless lines for basic necessaties that were never available, and hopelessness. Let’s see…Turkey today…starvation, endless protests for basic necessities and hopelessness. Yep those lousy corporations really are putting the screws to us!!


  11. - 47th Ward - Thursday, May 9, 13 @ 11:10 am:

    ===Whatever, it’s a free country.===

    It’s trespassing and it’s wrong, and they knew it because they brought along a police scanner so they’d know when to scram.

    I’m not unsympathetic to their cause, but these people are extremist loons who do their cause more harm than good with stupid stunts like this.


  12. - JoeVerdeal - Thursday, May 9, 13 @ 11:38 am:

    Is Mr. Madigan still in league with these enviro-wackos???

    My understanding was that he was blocking the fracking bill from coming to a vote….?????


  13. - Anonymous - Thursday, May 9, 13 @ 11:38 am:

    47th Ward,

    Absolutely correct, Trespassing is against the law, and by the way their arguments against fracking are bogus.


  14. - Cincinnatus - Thursday, May 9, 13 @ 11:59 am:

    - wordslinger - Thursday, May 9, 13 @ 10:33 am:

    Whatever, it’s a free country.

    +++++++++

    Should we read into this that you support their illegal trespass?


  15. - OneMan - Thursday, May 9, 13 @ 12:22 pm:

    The clenched right fists in the air is a nice touch….


  16. - whatever - Thursday, May 9, 13 @ 12:28 pm:

    The IMA has a better photographer than the protesters.


  17. - 1776 - Thursday, May 9, 13 @ 12:50 pm:

    Seems like the protestors who were illegally trespassing got unnerved when the police were called.


  18. - Small Town Liberal - Thursday, May 9, 13 @ 1:17 pm:

    - Should we read into this that you support their illegal trespass? -

    Boy, you really got him good.

    Seriously, give me a break, this country was founded on civil disobedience, and not-so-civil disobedience. I don’t personally agree with them on this issue, and I think this protest was fairly lame, but whining about their trespassing is much lamer.


  19. - eyewitness - Thursday, May 9, 13 @ 1:28 pm:

    So, there was no scanner and the police never showed up. It was obvious that, despite their threats of calling the police, the IMA really did not want the publicity of having a hundred people arrested in their lobby. The “visitors” began by asking politely to meet with Mark Denzler, who apparently was afraid to come out and talk.

    47th Ward - Keep the IMA, C of C and other corporate lackeys from trespassing on our democracy and we won’t need to be in their buildings. Hundreds of millions of IL tax dollars for corporate welfare, but cuts to education, healthcare and other human services? That ain’t right!


  20. - Full Circle - Thursday, May 9, 13 @ 1:42 pm:

    To frack or not to frack…. let’s get to the more serious question: Shouldn’t it be “the protest dispersed” instead of “disbursed?”


  21. - Plutocrat03 - Thursday, May 9, 13 @ 2:40 pm:

    Silly protest.

    Complain to the legislators about tax breaks. They are to blam (if there is any actual blame)

    Follow the money. Are these folks honestly expressing their views, or are they rented for the occasion ?


  22. - Keyser Soze - Thursday, May 9, 13 @ 3:02 pm:

    The IMA’s people don’t frack, they make widgets.


  23. - Are you fracking kidding me? - Thursday, May 9, 13 @ 3:34 pm:

    @eyewitness- “Mark Denzler was afraid to come out and talk to the group?” Yeah- I’m sure it had nothing to do with him not wanting to confront 100 whack jobs illegally trespassing into his place of work? Mark was busy working hard for his members who provide jobs to thousands of Illinois residents and create products that we all use on a daily basis. All of the protesters should be ashamed of themselves!!


  24. - dazed & confused - Thursday, May 9, 13 @ 3:34 pm:

    @ eyewitness….

    Considering that Mark Denzler was with me in the hydraulic fracturing meeting at the Capitol, it would have been difficult for him to come out. It’s somewhat funny that the protestors could have walked 100 feet from the Rotunda and actually protested in front of the room where the actual fracturing negotiations were occuring!!!

    Secondly, the police were called and did show up after the protestors left. Call the SPD and ask if the police were called… I’ll bet you $1,000. Care to take the bet?


  25. - Going nuclear - Thursday, May 9, 13 @ 4:11 pm:

    I have no problem with a protest in front of IMA’s office, but trespassing was wrong.

    @Keyser Soze and walkinfool. IMA is one of several business groups that have been leading the charge for more fracking in the state. Some of their members make the “widgets” for the fracking equipment and will obviously benefit.

    @Allen Skillicorn. I agree that natural gas will be good for the environment, but only in the short term. We eventually need to make the transition to high efficiency technologies, distributed energy generation and renewables.


  26. - dupage dan - Thursday, May 9, 13 @ 4:42 pm:

    === high efficiency technologies, distributed energy generation and renewables ===

    Please explain what the energy sources are for those listed above.


  27. - dupage dan - Thursday, May 9, 13 @ 4:44 pm:

    Do those technologies have anything to do w/nuclear power? I certainly think nuclear power can be very useful if we go w/single design breeder reactors. That would streamline the environmental impact studies and reduce the long term waste issues, no?


  28. - Small Town Liberal - Thursday, May 9, 13 @ 4:59 pm:

    - Some of their members make the “widgets” for the fracking equipment and will obviously benefit. -

    Not to mention much cheaper natural gas prices.

    And you’re right, natural gas isn’t a permanent solution, but it’s a whole lot better way to brige the gap than more coal and more oil.


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* Internal Maywood politics caused shift in NRI grant money
* Rate Rauner's new TV ad
* Yesterday's blog posts

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............


Search This Blog...

Search the 98th General Assembly By Bill Number
(example: HB0001)

Search the 98th General Assembly By Keyword

          
        * How to join together audiobook tracks
        * Nokia Lumia 530 announced, T-Mobile first confirmed carrier
        * Want an Apple watch? Just 3D print one
        * With Yosemite public beta, Apple's more open than ever
        * OS X Yosemite public beta: What you need to know
        * Your Chance to Win an iPad Mini and 1 Year of Free Wi-Fi
        * Pyrus on Android Wear leaves no excuse to miss tasks

        * Drone pilot locates missing 82-year-old man after three-day search
        * Apple Opens OS X Yosemite Beta to the Public, Sign Up Now
        * Microsoft updates its low-end Lumia Windows Phone sales champ
        * FiftyThree SDK Released For Pencil Stylus
        * Google Was Reportedly Interested In Acquiring Spotify
        * Why iTunes, apps and services may be key to Apple's future
        * Microsoft Says Surface Pro Sales Are Outperforming Its Predecessors

        * Adam Eaton still getting on base despite injured finger
        * Quintana aims for continued success vs. Royals
        * Top White Sox pick Rodon makes pro debut
        * White Sox gain on pair of reviews vs. Royals
        * White Sox bested by Chen, Royals' big frame
        * Royals 7, White Sox 1: Quiet night for bats, long night for pitching
        * Royals' four-run inning gets best of White Sox


        Main Menu
        Home
        Illinois
        YouTube
        Pundit rankings
        Obama
        Subscriber Content
        Durbin
        Burris
        Blagojevich Trial
        Advertising
        Updated Posts
        Polls

        Archives
        July 2014
        June 2014
        May 2014
        April 2014
        March 2014
        February 2014
        January 2014
        December 2013
        November 2013
        October 2013
        September 2013
        August 2013
        July 2013
        June 2013
        May 2013
        April 2013
        March 2013
        February 2013
        January 2013
        December 2012
        November 2012
        October 2012
        September 2012
        August 2012
        July 2012
        June 2012
        May 2012
        April 2012
        March 2012
        February 2012
        January 2012
        December 2011
        November 2011
        October 2011
        September 2011
        August 2011
        July 2011
        June 2011
        May 2011
        April 2011
        March 2011
        February 2011
        January 2011
        December 2010
        November 2010
        October 2010
        September 2010
        August 2010
        July 2010
        June 2010
        May 2010
        April 2010
        March 2010
        February 2010
        January 2010
        December 2009
        November 2009
        October 2009
        September 2009
        August 2009
        July 2009
        June 2009
        May 2009
        April 2009
        March 2009
        February 2009
        January 2009
        December 2008
        November 2008
        October 2008
        September 2008
        August 2008
        July 2008
        June 2008
        May 2008
        April 2008
        March 2008
        February 2008
        January 2008
        December 2007
        November 2007
        October 2007
        September 2007
        August 2007
        July 2007
        June 2007
        May 2007
        April 2007
        March 2007
        February 2007
        January 2007
        December 2006
        November 2006
        October 2006
        September 2006
        August 2006
        July 2006
        June 2006
        May 2006
        April 2006
        March 2006
        February 2006
        January 2006
        December 2005
        April 2005
        March 2005
        February 2005
        January 2005
        December 2004
        November 2004
        October 2004

        Blog*Spot Archives
        November 2005
        October 2005
        September 2005
        August 2005
        July 2005
        June 2005
        May 2005

        Syndication

        RSS Feed 2.0
        Comments RSS 2.0
        WordPress

        Loading


        * Tom Kacich: Jakobsson steering clear of 103rd r.....
        * Candidate thinks office should be more proactiv.....
        * Fervent for Fracking..
        * Unions ending forced-dues collection of home he.....
        * Rejected gun applicants deserve answers from Il.....
        * Why would Bruce Rauner want to buy the governor.....
        * Fracking supporters want state to get moving..
        * Concealed carry objections addressed..
        * IEPA looking again at Clinton Landfill PCB issue..
        * Vallas calls Rauner budget plan 'devastating,' .....


        * Ohio base ranked highly by Air Force newspaper
        * Several car break-ins reported in St. Louis area
        * Heart condition may have caused player's death
        * Illinois college breaks ground on mining facility
        * 2 Illinois gang members plead guilty to conspiracy
        * Quinn: Landfill's PCB approval may be withdrawn
        * Former Illini player dies in workout at new school
        * Court endorses Illinois electricity surcharge
        * Lawyers: Factor court decision into pensions case
        * Rockford man charged in second killing

        * State appeals court upholds FutureGen power agreement
        * Lawmakers delay probe of Quinn's anti-violence program
        * Concealed carry rules tough on out-of-state residents
        * Rauner calls for changes to state's tax policy
        * Quinn aide: Court rulings don’t jeopardize federal health-care subsidies
        * Lawyers will push to speed up pension reform ruling
        * Bernard Schoenburg: Finance reports show a field of well-funded mayoral candidates
        * Lawyers: Factor court decision into pensions case
        * Cutbacks in annual pension increases unconstitutional, Schimpf says
        * Incumbents Manar, Scherer lead challengers in fundraising

        * Big gender gap in small-business loans, report says
        * AvantCredit wins $75 million slug of equity; now employs 350
        * Lawyers: Factor court decision into pensions case
        * Joan Harris to receive National Medal of Arts from President Obama
        * Rauner hails Uber as taxi war spreads to governor's race


        * CPS expands math, sports mentoring program aimed at troubled teens
        * One dead after tire hits car on Bishop Ford Freeway; northbound lanes closed at 130th Street
        * Steve Whitman, epidemiologist who helped reduce racial disparities in health care, dies at 71
        * Facebook page helps musicians recover stolen equipment
        * CPS plans to move Kenwood Academy program into closed school
        * Chicago State official sues UIC, claims it violated privacy law by discussing plagiarism claim
        * Appellate court  misdiagnoses  Obamacare
        * Driver appears in court on charges in fatal I-55 crash
        * Pal of Cicero Town President Larry Dominick to plead guilty
        * Daley pal gets lucrative development deal — despite unpaid federal taxes


        * 1 dead in accident on Bishop Ford Freeway
        * Cops: Man who suffers from dementia missing from South Side
        * Man killed in Skokie shooting identified
        * West Side, South Side shootings wound 5
        * Judge could rule on Daley health issue today
        * Chicago Public Schools budget expected to be approved
        * White House to honor 2 Chicagoans for arts, humanities
        * Woman sues jail officer, Cook County Sheriff's Office in son's killing
        * Niles trustees give OK for gun shop to be near schools
        * Man charged with sex assault of 5-year-old at wife's day care


        * Winners of WBEZ’s Student Stories
        * Court OKs FutureGen Financing Plan
        * Trucker Questions: Are Police Above Illinois' Traffic Laws?
        * Trucker Asks: Are Police Above The Law?
        * Republican Attorney General Candidate: Pension Changes Unconstitutional
        * Listen to State Week - July 11, 2014
        * With GED, Illinois Bundles Job Training
        * WUIS Archive: Alan Dixon Was Gracious In Defeat
        * Fire Closes State Building Today
        * Billboards demand respect for transgender women


        * Concealed carry rules tough on out-of-state residents
        * Quinn aide: Court rulings don’t jeopardize federal health-care subsidies
        * Lawyers will push to speed up pension reform ruling
        * State appeals court upholds FutureGen power agreement
        * Cutbacks in annual pension increases unconstitutional, Schimpf says
        * Quinn: Landfill's PCB approval may be withdrawn
        * To fight crime, Chicago tries wiping away arrests
        * Quinn signs $1B plan for road repair in Illinois
        * Howlett Building closed Tuesday after small fire
        * Douglas Mayol: Shops are great, but downtown needs shoppers


        * Dewitt animal shelter caught in committee wrangling
        * Fracking supporters want state to get moving
        * Police: Burglars stealing items from unlocked cars in Fairview Heights
        * Do you know any of these 'most wanted?'
        * IEPA looking again at Clinton Landfill PCB issue
        * A chance of rain early Wednesday, more cool temperatures on the way
        * A chance of rain early, then cool temperatures on the way
        * Flick: Delicious food while you weight watch
        * Police looking for man involved in Franklin County crash
        * Uniform display honors guard slain in Pontiac prison riot


        * Ex-school janitor accused of assaulting students Ex-school janitor accused of assaulting students
        * Durbin to Putin: Take responsibility for crash
        * Rockford man charged in second killing
        * 2 Illinois gang members plead guilty to conspiracy
        * Illinois college breaks ground on mining facility

        * Statement by Rep. Jan Schakowsky on Presid...
        * Atanus disputes email announcing withdrawa...
        * Statement by Rep. Jan Schakowsky on Tragic...
        * Statement by Rep. Jan Schakowsky on Suprem...
        * Statement by Rep. Jan Schakowsky on Suprem...
        * Schakowsky Joins Cicilline and other Lawma...
        * Rep. Jan Schakowsky Joins Rep. Cicilline a...
        * Rep. Jan Schakowsky Joins Rep. Grijalva to...
        * Statement by Rep. Jan Schakowsky on McCull...
        * Statement by Rep. Jan Schakowsky on the Su...

        * Tom Kacich: Jakobsson steering clear of 10......
        * Senate Moves to Rein In Popular Career Col......
        * Senate Moves to Rein In Popular Career Col......
        * Senate Moves to Rein In Popular Career Col......
        * Senate Moves to Rein In Popular Career Col......

        * Letter: Three Blind Mice: Durbin, Kirk and......

        * Ten minute drawing. CPS central office. Is there a real doctor in the house?
        * Madigan sues to challenge Breen in the 48th Illinois House District
        * Jonathan Pelto. The phony doctor and Connecticut Governor Malloy.
        * Former Chicago AUSL turnaround school guy “Dr.” Terrence P. Carter is no doctor. And he may not even be certified.
        * Chicago Tonight Discusses Tribune’s Red Light Camera Story
        * ‘Smash & Grab’ Car Break-Ins Up In Some Chicago Neighborhoods
        * Are Rauner/Edgar alike on taxes?
        * Pimp My Fair Ride
        * SportsMonday: Offseason City
        * The Week In Chicago Rock


        * Governor Quinn Signs $1.1 Billion Capital Construction Bill - Shovel Ready Projects Will Create Thousands of Jobs and Drive Economic Growth
        * Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Strengthen Ethics Provisions in County Government - Law Helps Increase Accountability for Public Officials in Illinois’ Collar Counties
        * Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Help Ease Pain for Adults and Children with Seizures - New Law Adds Seizures to List of Debilitating Medical Conditions Under the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act
        * Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Help Ensure Fair Hiring Practices Across Illinois - New Law Prevents Criminal Background Checks Until After an Applicant is Deemed Qualified for a Job
        * Governor Quinn Unveils Mandela Road in Chicago - Portion of Cicero Avenue Now Named for Late World Leader




            Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller