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.


* Reader comments closed for the weekend
* No pension bump for Stermer, MJM still not persuaded on special session
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - More comptroller stuff
* 1:30 comptroller announcement expected - Stermer appointed, says he will resign January 12th
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Comptroller stuff
* Golden Horseshoe Awards
* Bears open thread
* More adventures in misgovernance
* Question of the day - Golden Horseshoe Awards
* Petulance all around
* 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

          
        * Oppo R5 vs HTC One M8: Thin vs. Powerful
        * Bring Back the Old School with the NES30 Bluetooth Controller [DEALS]
        * OnePlus One mini, BlackBerry Classic, Windows Phone ups & downs | Pocketnow Weekly 127
        * Get off the fence and go get a smartwatch
        * Apple Watch retail, Android Wear Lollipop, Nexus 6 comments & more – Pocketnow Daily Recap
        * Our 5 favourite new Windows Phone apps of the week
        * White elephant: There's a reason they give this advice away

        * Moto X (2014) Gets Android 5.0 Lollipop In The UK
        * 32GB Moto X (2nd Generation) Coming to India on December 22
        * Minecraft Creator Purchased a Mansion in Beverly Hills for $70 Million
        * Samsung Rumored to Launch Apple Pay Competitor
        * Alleged Xiaomi Redmi 2S Spotted on AnTuTu
        * Google+ Introduces One-click Auto Enhance for Videos
        * Moto X (2nd Generation) Gets Android 5.0 Lollipop in India

        * The year in injuries: White Sox have been better, could've been worse
        * Williams: Make protesting voices heard through vote
        * Williams: Make protesting voices heard through vote
        * White Sox also had a December to remember 100 years ago
        * Terrerobytes: Future of Cuban baseball complicated on both sides
        * White Sox sign George Kottaras to a minor league deal
        * Kottaras to join White Sox with Minor League deal

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


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

        Archives
        December 2014
        November 2014
        October 2014
        September 2014
        August 2014
        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


        * Public Pensions Are America's Greece..
        * Republicans On Special Session..
        * Havenstein to New Hampshire Supporters: 'You In.....
        * Bernard Schoenburg: Rauner talks of dogs, housi.....
        * Mother speaks at slain Chicago teen's funeral..
        * Only thing even Rahm Emanuel can't fix: Da Bears..


        * 1 dead, many injured in shooting at suburban party
        * Mother speaks at slain Chicago teen's funeral
        * Chicago mayor's teenage son mugged near home
        * 2 dozen injured in southern Indiana bus crash
        * Illinois farm groups foresee market growth in Cuba
        * 2nd Illinois prison with possible chickenpox
        * Stolen laptop held Northwestern patient data
        * 2 charged with stealing from Salvation Army bucket
        * US criminal probes nab 13; race questions raised
        * Quinn signs bill increasing juror pay

        * State treasurer employees get raises, stipends as Rutherford’s term comes to end
        * Springfield-based U.S. attorney’s investigations nab 13; race questions raised
        * 2nd Illinois prison with possible chickenpox
        * Quinn signs bill increasing juror pay
        * Quinn names longtime aide Jerry Stermer comptroller until Jan. 12
        * Quinn signs law to nix deadline for asbestos lawsuits
        * Quinn to name comptroller replacement this afternoon
        * Madigan says T-Mobile settlement shields consumers
        * Quinn calls legislature back to Springfield to approve special election to replace Topinka
        * Audit: DCFS loses track of runaways

        * Can Garcia's run for mayor fire up independents?
        * Chicago's newest workout (and personal statement) options
        * A photo shop for photographers
        * The Life of Patrick Ryan: Act II, Scene 2
        * Office conversions kick small firms to the curb


        * Lakeview pot dispensary on hold; Tunney opposes Halsted location
        * Despite community pleas, CPS puts Dyett HS out for proposals
        * Quinn to appoint new Illinois Comptroller today
        * Gov. Quinn appoints longtime aide as Illinois comptroller
        * Watch: President Obama's year-end press conference
        * Rewriting the Sony cyberattack script
        * time for new course in Cuba
        * Are Rahm's numbers creeping up? New internals show him near 50
        * Obama guidance, press schedule, Dec. 19, 2014. Press conference
        * A whole lot of nothing from the City Council


        * South Loop crash leaves two dead, one hospitalized
        * One killed, as many as 10 more shot at south suburban house party
        * At least 3 shot since Saturday evening
        * FBI: 'Play-Along Bandit' hits 6th bank
        * Emanuel's son robbed near family's North Side home
        * Man dies day after Albany Park shooting
        * Demario Bailey funeral: 'The kids are the world. It starts with them'
        * DNA leads to murder charges in 1994 stabbing
        * 1 dead, 16 injured in separate shootings
        * Officials: Child at U. of C. tests negative for Ebola


        * Listen to State Week - December 19, 2014
        * Quinn Picks Budget Chief To Be Temporary Comptroller
        * 'Uber-gentrification' a force in Chicago's West Loop
        * Durbin leaving Congressional roommates behind
        * Worries rise in Russia as ruble falls
        * Improviser finds purpose in Chicago police mental health crisis trainings
        * Chicago 'petcoke' handler says it'll enclose piles
        * Waukegan woman seeks to trademark 'I can't breathe'
        * Obama re-establishing US relations with Cuba
        * Teaching hospitals hit hardest by medicare fines for patient safety


        * Quote of the day: Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014
        * Bernard Schoenburg: Rauner talks of dogs, housing and the work ahead as governor
        * State treasurer employees get raises, stipends as Rutherford’s term comes to end
        * Cathy Becker: Because it’s the right thing to do
        * T. Ray McJunkins: Justice, righteousness descend to fulfill dream
        * Springfield-based U.S. attorney’s investigations nab 13; race questions raised
        * 2nd Illinois prison with possible chickenpox
        * Sen. Dick Durbin: Clean water access bill honors Simon
        * Charles Krauthammer: How to fight the lone wolf
        * Quote of the day: Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014


        * Historic Route 66 goes electric; charging stations to be added between metro-east and Chicago
        * 25 Christmas wishes
        * A star is reborn
        * Lighting fuses in Oklahoma
        * Moving on from controversy
        * Studio Visit: Anna Gutsch and Johann Rischau
        * Christmas was special time at state-run children’s home
        * Exercise your rights to record
        * Getting Personal: Tim Johnson
        * Look ahead: Top picks from Melissa Merli for the week to come


        * South Alabama falters in loss to Bowling Green
        * Late TD lifts Bowling Green past South Alabama
        * No. 21 Mississippi State trounces Illinois-Chicago 73-36
        * Air Force beats Western Michigan 38-24 in Potato Bowl
        * Former Houston mayor Bob Lanier dies at 89

        * Davis To Obama: 'Do Everything In Your Pow...
        * Rahm Touts New Law to Clear Juvenile Polic...
        * Dem Rep. to Columnist: Stop Comparing Blac...
        * REP. DANNY K. DAVIS NOW SUPPORTS DR. WILLI...
        * Danny Davis Defeats Robert Bumpers In Illi...
        * Rehab of Affordable Housing Building in Ol...
        * Rep. Danny Davis Hopes to Keep His Seat fo...
        * Illinois House Dems agonize over vote to f...
        * Congressman calls for removal of police co...
        * Congressmen Plan House Speech on Chicago's...

        * Hill Democrats taking aim at vapes...

        * GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski Supports Gay Marriage...
        * Second GOP Senator Backs Gay Marriage...

        * Politically Connected Profit From United Center Parking Scam
        * Ready Aim Fire
        * Havana memories.
        * Walter Esler: “My brother walked from an empty room into a room full of people.”
        * Illinois Policy staff threatened with arrest at union-lead trainings
        * Governor-elect Rauner Visit with Latino Pastors
        * Governor-elect Rauner Visits with Latino Pastors
        * Illinois Policy staff threatened with arrest at union-led trainings
        * Organization claims Mark Kirk "Grubered" Illinois and America
        * With Frerichs victory, Dems move to merge Treasurer and Comptroller offices


        * Governor Quinn Appoints Jerry Stermer as Illinois Comptroller
        * Governor Quinn Calls Legislative Special Session - Governor Urges Legislature to Set Up 2016 Special Election for Comptroller
        * Governor Quinn Announces Illinois’ Unemployment Rate Hits New Low - Illinois’ Economic Comeback Continues; Unemployment Rate Falls to Lowest Level in More than Six Years
        * Illinois Ranks #1 in Volunteer Rate Among the Country’s 8 Largest States - 2.57 Million Illinoisans Give $7.2 Billion in Service
        * Law Enforcement, IDOT Make Final Push to Save Lives in 2014, Roadside Safety Checks Planned Over Holidays - New Episode of “The Driving Dead” Premieres Friday as Holiday Travelers are Reminded to Drive Sober and Buckle Up




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