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Policy Institute “ralliers” to lobby Republicans on AFSCME bill override

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

* As we discussed last week, the Illinois Policy Institute is having a rally today and participants are eligible for $40 gift cards. According to a participant (who is actually on the other side) turnout is a bit light…

* There are free t-shirts…

* But they’re made in Bangladesh…

* The Bangladeshi-t-shirt-wearing mini crowd will descend on the Statehouse today to lobby these Republican legislators to ask them to vote against the AFSCME “no strike” bill…

…Adding… A closeup of the “Because… Madigan!” t-shirt…

They’re so clever.

…Adding More… And, of course, the teevee people apparently think it’s all organic…


- Posted by Rich Miller        

84 Comments
  1. - Chicago 20 - Tuesday, May 17, 16 @ 11:43 am:

    Are they affiliated with the Bangladesh Policy Institute?


  2. - illinois manufacturer - Tuesday, May 17, 16 @ 11:45 am:

    Because those Chinese workers are overpaid


  3. - Handle Bar Mustache - Tuesday, May 17, 16 @ 11:45 am:

    What do the back of the Madigan shirts say?


  4. - Honeybear - Tuesday, May 17, 16 @ 11:46 am:

    I count about twenty people. Even with 40$ and free t-shirts.


  5. - walker - Tuesday, May 17, 16 @ 11:46 am:

    Well, at least they’re not pretending to be a “Policy Institute.”


  6. - illinois manufacturer - Tuesday, May 17, 16 @ 11:46 am:

    I count 21 seated.


  7. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, May 17, 16 @ 11:46 am:

    What the what?!?!?

    I have storage unit upon storage unit full of “Fire Madigan!”… “Stuff”… and they go to Bangladesh?

    My “stuff” is ‘Merica Made, and really captures the spirit of the thing.

    Next time IPI wants to attracts half-dozens upon half-dozens, I hope they email me.


  8. - Kittycups - Tuesday, May 17, 16 @ 11:47 am:

    I am guessing participation might be light due to the fact that most of the people that would support IPI probably have a job to be at.

    And yes I know employed people will be marching at the state capitol tomorrow, in much greater numbers. But im sure their tummys are gonna be mighty hungry when they use their lunch break to protest the insane Rauner.


  9. - Jack Kemp - Tuesday, May 17, 16 @ 11:47 am:

    Perhaps the turnout is “a bit light” because the fed up taxpayers cannot afford to take a day off from work to march through downtown Springfield. Compare that with what we’ll see tomorrow.


  10. - Norseman - Tuesday, May 17, 16 @ 11:49 am:

    With that graphic we can call these folks the $40 Walking Dead.


  11. - illinois manufacturer - Tuesday, May 17, 16 @ 11:49 am:

    I see Honey did the count too. Nice to see their targets. Moffet is retiring.


  12. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, May 17, 16 @ 11:49 am:

    “We are here today to say… state workers make too much money!”

    So… making sure Illinois taxpayers say to other…. wait for it… Illinois taxpaers… they make too much money.

    How delicious. And… $40 gift cards to boot?

    Where’s “ck” with an email report touting this?


  13. - Anon - Tuesday, May 17, 16 @ 11:50 am:

    You are correct, Jack Kemp.


  14. - Cubs in '16 - Tuesday, May 17, 16 @ 11:51 am:

    I can’t tell if that’s Madigan’s likeness on those shirts or a ‘Planet of the Apes’ logo…


  15. - I want my $40 - Tuesday, May 17, 16 @ 11:51 am:

    The person who was overpaid was the caricature artist.


  16. - illinois manufacturer - Tuesday, May 17, 16 @ 11:51 am:

    There won’t be a ground game for the Raunerites in the previous post….Think millions for fire Madigan ads will save them.


  17. - Reality - Tuesday, May 17, 16 @ 11:53 am:

    Unless something has changed in tax law, workers attending tomorrow will also be “tax payers”, just say’n. Maybe they feel it worth taking a day off from work to be heard.


  18. - 47th Ward - Tuesday, May 17, 16 @ 11:54 am:

    I want one of those shirts…and it looks like they have plenty of extras too.


  19. - Johnnie F. - Tuesday, May 17, 16 @ 11:54 am:

    $40..that’s 60% more than the gift cards Rauner gives the employees he fires.


  20. - AC - Tuesday, May 17, 16 @ 11:55 am:

    The Madigan caricature is quite endearing!


  21. - Saluki - Tuesday, May 17, 16 @ 11:55 am:

    174 days till election day. Governor Custer still thinks he is “winnin.”


  22. - wordslinger - Tuesday, May 17, 16 @ 11:56 am:

    No pesky unions, minimum wage, worker’s comp or regulations in Bangladesh.

    An IPI paradise.


  23. - Formerly Known As... - Tuesday, May 17, 16 @ 11:56 am:

    Same bills, same agendas, same rallies, same old dogs, same tired tricks.

    The names and bill numbers may change, but routine does not.


  24. - Amalia - Tuesday, May 17, 16 @ 11:57 am:

    Made in Bangladesh. of course they are.


  25. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, May 17, 16 @ 11:58 am:

    I want one of those shirts too…

    - Jack Kemp -

    Lemme guess, the “silent majority” may not be there but…

    Good rules of thumb for a rally…

    Make it look bigger than it is, empty chairs never work

    Spinning poor turnout never sounds.. smart.

    Engaged people show up, “$40″ or not

    Labor rallies and insinuating those rallies are people not “working”… that’s about 1/2 step from “get off my lawn”

    Do better, - Jack Kemp -


  26. - Trolling Troll - Tuesday, May 17, 16 @ 11:59 am:

    I’d say that this is an accurate representation of people who actually believe IPI “news”. The rest are just paid trolls.


  27. - illinois manufacturer - Tuesday, May 17, 16 @ 11:59 am:

    Looks like only one of the 20 took a tshirt


  28. - JS Mill - Tuesday, May 17, 16 @ 12:00 pm:

    =because the fed up taxpayers cannot afford to take a day off from work to march through downtown Springfield. Compare that with what we’ll see tomorrow.=

    Yeah, taxpayers. Did you hear me, TAXPAYERS!!!/s

    Who are these people then?

    Should we be concerned about people impersonating tax payers (who, by the way, don’t have time to exercise their God given 1 st Amendment rights!) and investigate? Dang, I hope they don’t take all of those gift cards.


  29. - anotherretiree - Tuesday, May 17, 16 @ 12:01 pm:

    I wonder if Madigan would want one as a souvenir ? I love the unintentional humor of this.


  30. - Jack Kemp - Tuesday, May 17, 16 @ 12:02 pm:

    “Engaged people” whose interests are represented at this rally cannot afford to take a day off to go to Springfield and stamp their feet. The reverse will be true tomorrow. It really is that simple, Willy. And everyone other than you knows it.


  31. - AlfondoGonz - Tuesday, May 17, 16 @ 12:05 pm:

    Perhaps AFSCME will respond by plastering Rauner’s head on a t-shirt with the caption, “What me worry?”


  32. - Chungas revenge - Tuesday, May 17, 16 @ 12:06 pm:

    The governor’s office responded the t-shirts are made in Bangladesh Illinois it is located in the mountains that were featured in our governors first campaign literature.


  33. - cdog - Tuesday, May 17, 16 @ 12:07 pm:

    do we even make tshirts in the US anymore?


  34. - Rich Miller - Tuesday, May 17, 16 @ 12:07 pm:

    Jack Kemp, you’re just making lame excuses. If that was truly the case, then the Institute was goofy for even trying to hold a rally.


  35. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, May 17, 16 @ 12:09 pm:

    I really do want one of those shirts, do they have a P.O. Box? Most carney salesmen have them a P.O. Box…

    Can you use your $40 gift card to buy a T-Shirt? Oh, that would be so fun to watch that transaction.


  36. - Mouthy - Tuesday, May 17, 16 @ 12:11 pm:

    Wow, Sarah W. on the list. How in the world could the IPI be concerned about her straying…


  37. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, May 17, 16 @ 12:11 pm:

    - Jack Kemp -

    You hold a rally in hopes the turnout is poor to make a case that no one was going to come “because”?

    “We wanted to pick a date with the best opportunity for the lowest participation possible… “


  38. - What the What - Tuesday, May 17, 16 @ 12:11 pm:

    The t-shirts are hilarious. Project much?

    How about a t-shirt for the GOP GA members with a picture of a $20,000,000 bill with Rauner’s face on it, with the same tagline.

    That’s the difference between the 2 sides. One side puts out t-shirts like this and hires a clown to dress up as Quinnochio.


  39. - Man with a plan - Tuesday, May 17, 16 @ 12:11 pm:

    I’ll pay anybody $40 who can get me one of those shirts in a double fatty.


  40. - Ghost - Tuesday, May 17, 16 @ 12:14 pm:

    Lot of GOP canidates in university areas with universities or colleges.

    do they get a free box to pack up their offices with their no vote.

    McCann showed what happena whe. you support local workers and schools and the opposition has more money. Dunkin showed it as well. Vote yourself out of office if you like, but the people support it


  41. - Cubs in '16 - Tuesday, May 17, 16 @ 12:17 pm:

    No one outside of the rally and this blog will have any idea what that shirt means. Heck, I’m not even sure I do…


  42. - Pot calling kettle - Tuesday, May 17, 16 @ 12:18 pm:

    ==“Engaged people” whose interests are represented at this rally cannot afford to take a day off to go to Springfield and stamp their feet. The reverse will be true tomorrow. It really is that simple==

    That doesn’t even make sense. The reverse would be: “unengaged people” whose interests are not represented will take the day off and show up at the rally tomorrow.

    Why?


  43. - Six Degrees of Separation - Tuesday, May 17, 16 @ 12:19 pm:

    You know you have a real “movement” when thousands show up of their own volition and expense and often at considerable inconvenience. Whatever the cause, and whatever the politics.


  44. - Omega Man - Tuesday, May 17, 16 @ 12:23 pm:

    I’ll slap an “AFSCME Local 2600″ bumper sticker on the back and wear one to tomorrow’s Rally. It might spook a few house members!


  45. - Mason born - Tuesday, May 17, 16 @ 12:23 pm:

    Considering they are there to lobby Republican leggislators to uphold Rauners (R) veto against the best interests of many of their districts shouldn’t that be Rauners carricture above “Obey”?? That is what they’re saying right obey the gov.?


  46. - Anotherretiree - Tuesday, May 17, 16 @ 12:25 pm:

    I can’t tell if that’s Madigan’s likeness on those shirts or a ‘Planet of the Apes’ logo…
    That… and who knew that Madigan was actually Big Brother from 1984


  47. - JoanP - Tuesday, May 17, 16 @ 12:25 pm:

    Hang on! I think the State of Illinois owes me a lot of money from all those taxes I paid it during the years I was also a state employee! I can’t understand why my accountant didn’t catch that!

    I think the image on the t-shirt is explained by the fact that cartoonists in Bangladesh have no idea who Madigan is, much less what he looks like.


  48. - burbanite - Tuesday, May 17, 16 @ 12:27 pm:

    sev·er·al
    ˈsev(ə)rəl/Submit
    determiner & pronoun
    1.
    more than two but not many. LOL


  49. - Mama - Tuesday, May 17, 16 @ 12:28 pm:

    How many of those folks work at IPI?


  50. - Honeybear - Tuesday, May 17, 16 @ 12:34 pm:

    Allen D! What are you doing there! Dude you called in sick! I’m telling!


  51. - Aman - Tuesday, May 17, 16 @ 12:34 pm:

    Sour grapes. Organizing is no longer reserved for the left.


  52. - lech W - Tuesday, May 17, 16 @ 12:38 pm:

    good for the IPI, using the free market to procure the lowest cost goods. The state budgeteers could take a lesson from this example. The shirts were more than likely bought from a local Illinois vendor that printed and delivered them but of course no mention of that.


  53. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, May 17, 16 @ 12:39 pm:

    ===Sour grapes. Organizing is no longer reserved for the left.===

    The half-dozens and half-dozens are somethin’ to be proud of…


  54. - MissingG - Tuesday, May 17, 16 @ 12:41 pm:

    For everyone confused by the t-shirt logo, it is a parody of Shepard Fairey’s “OBEY” design (featuring Andre the Giant’s face). Fairey is arguably more famous for his Obama “HOPE” design though.

    So, to cut through all the political trash, they’re saying that Madigan is as cool as Andre the Giant, right?


  55. - Mama - Tuesday, May 17, 16 @ 12:41 pm:

    When organized labor holds its rally tomorrow in Springfield, I want to hear their solutions.


  56. - Cubs in '16 - Tuesday, May 17, 16 @ 12:43 pm:

    ===Sour grapes. Organizing is no longer reserved for the left.===

    It never was. We’re not making fun of the fact they’re organizing but they way they’re going about it.


  57. - JBOY - Tuesday, May 17, 16 @ 12:47 pm:

    I wonder if IPI got permission from Shepard Fairey to lift the likeness from his Andre the Giant “Obey” artwork. I doubt so since he is the same artist who designed the Obama “Hope” artwork and was an ardent supporter of the Occupy Wall Street movement. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c21ISrRux1M


  58. - IllinoisBoi - Tuesday, May 17, 16 @ 12:53 pm:

    Did Bangladesh vote for Rauner’s Turnaround Agenda?


  59. - Allen D - Tuesday, May 17, 16 @ 12:59 pm:

    — Honeybear - Tuesday, May 17, 16 @ 12:34 pm:—

    Sorry to wreck my image in your mind of me there Honeybear but I am at the JC VA Hospital all day today … and an IPI event would not have got me to go gift card or not…. that is just lame.


  60. - Captain Illini - Tuesday, May 17, 16 @ 1:03 pm:

    Bangladesh IS Rauner’s turnaround agenda…out-sourcing to the lowest common denominator to folks whom just want to work at any cost while the “influenced” by another house…but I digress.


  61. - Rabid - Tuesday, May 17, 16 @ 1:03 pm:

    Heck that’s the new Sinead lp cover cut this weekend


  62. - Nick Name - Tuesday, May 17, 16 @ 1:04 pm:

    Dear Rep. Jimenez,

    With your poll numbers not all that great, you are really going to have to ask yourself, regarding the coming override attempt: vote your district or vote Rauner? Bite the hand the feeds, or not?

    How badly do you want to win in November?

    Signed,
    A Voter


  63. - Honeybear - Tuesday, May 17, 16 @ 1:40 pm:

    Just playful teasing Allen D. I hope you are well or on the way to being well. Although I have to admit I would have gone to get one of those t-shirts.


  64. - Honeybear - Tuesday, May 17, 16 @ 1:41 pm:

    Hey next Rally make the Madigan t-shirts with NYET instead of obey! lol


  65. - Rabid - Tuesday, May 17, 16 @ 1:44 pm:

    A T shirt with the govenor and the word doublespeak could be fun too


  66. - Grandson of Man - Tuesday, May 17, 16 @ 1:47 pm:

    What lame turnout. But it’s probably better attended than the anti-union people at all those local government hearings during Rauner’s local RTW tour.

    Opposite of sour grapes. This just casts a look at how fake and top-down the anti-union movement is.


  67. - Honeybear - Tuesday, May 17, 16 @ 1:48 pm:

    Oh and Allen, thank you for your service and I hope you didn’t have to wait so long for your appointment. I was just listening to NPR this morning about the horrors of the VA.


  68. - Ginhouse Tommy - Tuesday, May 17, 16 @ 1:50 pm:

    If state workers are over paid then so are the politically connected that get those administration and management jobs. That picture of Madigan looks like the Grinch that stole Christmas. The IPI has a lot of nerve using a Madigan image that looks like a “red scare” poster when you could easily swap Rauners picture with the same message.


  69. - Allen D - Tuesday, May 17, 16 @ 1:56 pm:

    – Honeybear - Tuesday, May 17, 16 @ 1:48 pm:–
    I keep hearing all this about the VA being bad, it used to be but now it is really good at least the specialty clinics are… I do not much care for the general MD clinic and usually fall back on my tricare… but for Neurology, Cardiology, and Ortho they are great in my books in St Louis.


  70. - Jimmy H - Tuesday, May 17, 16 @ 1:56 pm:

    - Saluki - Tuesday, May 17, 16 @ 11:55 am:

    “Governor Custer”

    LOL that’s excellent! Bye, Bye, Rep. Bryant!


  71. - G I Joe - Tuesday, May 17, 16 @ 2:15 pm:

    Allen D.”I concur”….JC is the best…I have never waited more than 10 days for a referral into a specialty clinic…and Rauner Rally was lame.


  72. - Dude - Tuesday, May 17, 16 @ 2:23 pm:

    Bangladesh IL…..isn’t that down just south of Bullpit?


  73. - Demoralized - Tuesday, May 17, 16 @ 2:25 pm:

    Ugh. Sorry. I didn’t realize the link was a mile long.


  74. - Niblets - Tuesday, May 17, 16 @ 2:47 pm:

    I sure would like to get me one of them T-shirts. If you donate $1,000,000 to the gov. do you get one free?


  75. - RNUG - Tuesday, May 17, 16 @ 2:53 pm:

    == I wonder if Madigan would want one as a souvenir ? ==

    Be funny if Madigan showed up at his next press conference wearing one …


  76. - illini - Tuesday, May 17, 16 @ 3:10 pm:

    The lobbying has already begun. Just received a robocall from an unidentified caller in the 630 area code blasting AFSCME and wanting to connect me to my Rep and urging me to encourage him to oppose their position.

    Should be interesting to see how he eventually does vote. My representative is a Republican who has received a substantial contribution from a Teachers Union, has accepted money from the BVR slush fund as well as Bob Romanik. Yet the vast majority of AFSCME members probably supported him because of his opposition to closing Murray Center.

    Interesting dynamics here - unfortunately he is running for re-election and is running unopposed. Yet he was one of those identified on their list.


  77. - Sure whynot - Tuesday, May 17, 16 @ 4:06 pm:

    - lech W - Tuesday, May 17, 16 @ 12:38 pm:

    good for the IPI, using the free market to procure the lowest cost goods. The state budgeteers could take a lesson from this example.

    If the IPI was so into the free market, why’d they use a state facility for their “rally”? That’s socialism run amok!

    In all seriousness, if you are a group that purports to care about Illinois manufacturing, you should walk the walk.


  78. - Skeptic - Tuesday, May 17, 16 @ 4:38 pm:

    “Where’s “ck” with an email report touting this?” Probably with the email touting that Red Bud passed the Resolution.


  79. - Mama - Tuesday, May 17, 16 @ 5:06 pm:

    == What the What - Tuesday, May 17, 16 @ 12:11 pm: “The t-shirts are hilarious. Project much?

    How about a t-shirt for the GOP GA members with a picture of a $20,000,000 bill with Rauner’s face on it, with the same tagline.”

    Hey What, I will buy one of those T-shirts from you.


  80. - Just a thought - Tuesday, May 17, 16 @ 6:04 pm:

    looks like OBEY isn’t IPI’s original thought….https://www.google.com/search?q=obey+skateboard&espv=2&biw=1280&bih=923&tbm=isch&imgil=JwTrn9OHGf0H4M%253A%253BKpkMxN9eL6rXqM%253Bhttps%25253A%25252F%25252Fwww.liveauctioneers.com%25252Fitem%25252F10246072_set-of-3-shepard-fairey-obey-skateboards&source=iu&pf=m&fir=JwTrn9OHGf0H4M%253A%252CKpkMxN9eL6rXqM%252C_&usg=__O_7IMT1a4pSr1eqgDg4_mrvpZYM%3D&dpr=1&ved=0ahUKEwjkhL7om-LMAhWBLyYKHYLLBkoQyjcIMQ&ei=EqM7V-SzOIHfmAGCl5vQBA#imgrc=JwTrn9OHGf0H4M%3A


  81. - btowntruth - Tuesday, May 17, 16 @ 6:53 pm:

    My State Rep. isn’t on the “curage” list because she will do what Rauner wants without question.


  82. - What the What - Tuesday, May 17, 16 @ 7:03 pm:

    == What the What - Tuesday, May 17, 16 @ 12:11 pm: “The t-shirts are hilarious. Project much?

    How about a t-shirt for the GOP GA members with a picture of a $20,000,000 bill with Rauner’s face on it, with the same tagline.”

    Hey What, I will buy one of those T-shirts from you. ==

    Thanks Mama - let me check to see when the boat from Bangledesh is due to arrive with the latest shipment


  83. - Mad Brown - Tuesday, May 17, 16 @ 7:58 pm:

    According to a comment on the FB, there was a huge crowd of 70 in attendance. Strength in numbers!


  84. - RNUG - Wednesday, May 18, 16 @ 8:34 am:

    I think the SJ-R reported 50


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