THE BUZZ — This is what day 700 without a state budget looks like in Springfield: dozens of protesters are arrested; demonstrators block the entrance to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s office, protesters are physically dragged out of the Illinois House in front of TV cameras.
34 ARRESTED — Kristi Sanford, with the People’s Lobby, said 34 leaders with Fair Economy Illinois’ March to Springfield “were arrested outside of Gov. Rauner’s office. Activists were released within the hour on the west side of the capitol building. They will be charged with criminal trespass and are awaiting a court date.” Secretary of State Capitol Police warned protesters they would be arrested if they didn’t leave. Brian Mackey’s photo here
‘WE GOT YOUR BACK’ — Lawmakers, including state Sen. Daniel Biss and Rep. Kelly Cassidy, both Dems, chant for the last protester as he’s arrested: Video
PROTESTERS DRAGGED OUT OF HOUSE — Not the best images for anyone in state government right now. Earlier on Tuesday, Capitol Police could be seen dragging protesters by the arms through the Illinois House gallery, as members were in session. According to a report by NBC5’s Mary Ann Ahern, among those who demonstrated on Tuesday were representatives from social service agencies who had not been paid by the state. Watch
GOVERNOR’S OFFICE DOORS BLOCKED — Photo gallery
I never realized there were so many Capitol police on staff until yesterday.
And while it may have not been the “best image,” if you loudly interrupt the House’s proceedings and you refuse to walk out on your own, you’re gonna get dragged. Pretty sure the protesters knew that. It’s part of the game and everyone has their role.
* The thing that bothered me the most was when the cops wouldn’t let the protesters outside the governor’s office eat sandwiches sent by supporters…
But, they eventually worked it out.
* ABC 7…
Earlier in the day, dozens of protesters from a coalition of Chicago area social services agencies demanded to get inside the Illinois capitol.
“So they are acting like this is actually a complicated thing, but in reality if they had the courage to close corporate tax loopholes and make the every wealthy pay their fair share of taxes we could raise the revenue we need for our state,” said Kristi Sanford, Fair Economy Illinois.
* What did they want?…
But they don’t want just any budget – they’re calling for one that spends $23 billion more. That’s 61 percent of the Senate’s $37.3 billion proposed spending plan.
Dr. Alfred Klinger, another member of the inaugural group and a retired physician, celebrated his 91st birthday during the march. A WWII veteran, he said government support via the G.I. Bill made medical school possible. Klinger and his fellow marchers say their budget plan would offer young people opportunity and give the elderly a sense of security.
Marchers contend their proposal would raise $23 billion to finance universal health care and free college tuition and fully fund public schools, social services and infrastructure needs by closing so-called corporate tax loopholes and taxing the wealthy at higher rates.
“This would give us all a step up,” Klinger said.
The throng shouted chants about the governor and House Speaker Michael Madigan such as, “Rauner, Madigan, can’t you see, human needs beat corporate greed!” and carried a banner outlining their vision for Illinois as it wended its way toward the Capitol.