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Secretary of State's emergency amendment restricts Capitol demonstrations

The Secretary of State's Office in Springfield, Illinois recently issued an emergency amendment to rules governing the public's use of the Capitol Complex Facilities. These news rules restrict where demonstrations can be
held and allows the Secretary of State to deny a permit to demonstrate to certain groups and individuals.


Around Veteran's Day, the Secretary of State's Office in Springfield, Illinois issued emergency amendments
concerning Title 71, the Illinois Adminstrative Code which governs public buildings, facilities and property
under the jurisdiction of the Secretary of State.

The emergency amendment adds severe restrictions to the public’s ability to get a permit to demonstrate
in the State Capitol.

For example, “No demonstrations are allowed above the first floor of the Capitol building; this
includes singing, chanting or shouting in a loud voice of the type that could interfere with the business
conducted in the building.” The earlier code had no such language barring demonstrations above the
first floor. The third floor is where the House and Senate Chambers are located.

The emergency amendment further states that “Applicants may also be denied a permit if past
demonstrations involving their particular organization/individuals have resulted in removal, arrest, or
other violation of this Code.” Under the new code, anyone who has been removed from the Capitol
for any reason could be denied a permit to legally demonstrate in the Capitol.

The emergency amendment further states that “Permitted demonstrations may be canceled without
prior notice by the Director of the Department of Police, if security concerns warrant such an action."
Who determines what a security concern is?

The emergency amendment expires in 150 days, but there is already a proposal to make the
amendments permanent. The Joint Committee on Administrative Rules, the body that will vote on the new
rules, will have an opportunity to look at the emergency amendment at their December 18th meeting.

Concerned citizens should write or call the Committee members immediately.

Members of the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules are listed below:

Senator Barack Obama, Co-Chairman
105B State House
Springfield, Il 62706
217-782-5338 (p), 217-782-5340 (f)

Senator J. Bradley Burzynski
121C State House
Springfield, Il 62706
217-782-1977 (p), 217-782-9586 (f)

Senator Doris Karpiel
123 State House
Springfield, Il 62706
217-782-5572 (p), 217-782-4079 (f)

Senator Lisa Madigan
105C State House
Springfield, Il 62706
217-782-8191 (p), 217-782-5340 (f)

Senator William O’Daniel
103A State House
Springfield, Il 62706
217-782-5304 (p), 217-782-5252 (f)

Senator Steve Rauschenberger
615 A State House
Springfield, Il 62706
217-782-7746(p), 217-782-0116 (f)

Representative Bill Black
634 State House
Springfield, Il 62706
217-782-4811 (p), 217-782-1873 (f)

Representative Tom Cross
O-2 Stratton Building
Springfield, Il 62706
217-782-1331 (p), 217-782-6812 (f)

Representative Steve Davis
2057-L Stratton Bldg.
Springfield, Il 62706
217-782-5996 (p), 217-782-1333 (f)

Representative Phil Novak
2064-L Stratton Bldg.
Springfield, Il 62706
217-782-5981 (p), 217-782-0945 (f)

Representative Dan Rutherford
H-1 Stratton Bldg.
Springfield, Il 62706
217-782-7776 (p), 217-782-1401 (f)
 
 

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