May 20, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Springfield, IL – Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration has ordered state workers to remove flyers for a rally against the governor’s policies from union bulletin boards in state offices.
The flyer, advertising a May 18 at the state capitol, was headlined, ‘Take it to the Capitol. RAUNER IS WRONG” and continued, “Human services devastated, universities endangered, infrastructure projects stalled, schools threatened and local governments cut,” saying Rauner “continues to hold our state hostage” and to “protect a tax system that favors the wealthy.” A May 9 memo called the flyer “prohibited political activity,” because it “states, in its largest type, that a particular elected official ‘is wrong.’” “The memo appears to be an attempt by the governor’s office to silence public service workers,” said Anders Lindall, spokesperson for American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 31, the state’s largest public workers’ union. He said state law defines prohibited political activity as support for a “campaign” or “political organization.” Illinois Working Together, the coalition sponsoring the rally, put out a new flyer headlined “CENSORED Is Hurting Illinois.” Read more