A group of protesters came together to interrupt an Illinois House debate regarding tax credits for companies to resume operation.
The group, known as Represent Us, is a new grassroots movement that is overhauling campaign finance and imposing strict lobbying and conflict of interest laws. In other words, they want money out of politics.
In the middle of a House meeting to approve a $5 million dollar tax break for Washington-based Univar, the group raised a banner which read “With Liberty and Justice for All” in front of a large crowd in the House Gallery and “made it rain” fake money down from a balcony onto members of the House floor. Capitol security was quick to remove them from the premises. The group was protesting “loopholes” in Illinois’ anti-corruption laws.
“Explosive scandals like the Blagojevich saga might grab headlines, but the real scandal is the loopholes that make quid pro quo corruption a fact of life in Illinois politics,” said Represent Us activist Josh Silver in a statement. “Money talks in Illinois, so we decided to speak to House members in the only language they seem to understand.”
Lawmakers are seeking several measures to provide incentives to Illinois companies after Decatur-based Archer Daniels Midland Company made plans in September to transfer its global headquarters and taking about 100 high-level jobs with it.
Watch video of the money raining protest here: