Patriots United Demonstrate Against Civil Union Bill in Front of Jack Franks’ Office

The bill's number this year is Senate Bill 1716, as Joyce Story's plastic covered poster shows.

It was a chilling, drizzly mid-day that faced Patriots United demonstrators in front of State Rep. Jack Franks’ Route 14 office Saturday.

Leader of the Patriots United group was Jeff Ladd. He is seen at the left carrying a sign that says, "Marriage is recongnized, not 'created.'" The message on the sign beside Ladd says, "No Civil Unions."

Led by Jeff Ladd, the one’s wearing rain coats were dressed properly.  They cut the wind.

In this picture, those at the rally are framed by the railroad underpass.

Those gathering were raising awareness of the civil unions bill on the legislators’ agenda in Springfield during the veto session.

Below is a comment from “Notawannabee” below the article announcing the rally. It includes the language being considered by the General Assembly.

This is how our legislators work. This bill ORIGINALLY started out as a bill regarding deceased people and pending litigation against them. NOW IT IS A BILL GRANTING GAY RIGHTS AND CIVIL UNIONS

Back room politics, nothing less.

When many Senators and Representatives read it under the original bill number and think it is OK to vote for it, the sneaky liberal bastards change it to something that does not in anyway resemble the original bill in any fashion.

The original bill number is the same so many think they are voting for the ORIGINAL BILL because they go by Bill Number and are too lazy to double check.

It is also done so the PEOPLE don’t know it’s occurring and can’t rally against it.

Original Bill
735 ILCS 5/13-209
from Ch. 110, par. 13-209

Synopsis As Introduced (ORIGINAL TEXT)

Amends the Code of Civil Procedure. Provides that when a person dies before an action is filed against him or her, a court may appoint a special representative for that decedent, against whom an action may be brought without opening an estate. Deletes a provision requiring notice to heirs or legatees as the court directs, and provides instead that the plaintiff must notify all known heirs or legatees of the decedent by U.S. mail. Provides that any interested person may be substituted as the special representative for good cause shown. Provides that proceeding under this provision shall not bar the estate from filing counterclaims. Deletes a provision limiting recovery to proceeds of any liability insurance available to the estate. Provides that these changes apply to actions commenced or pending on or after the effective date of this amendatory Act. Effective immediately.


Across Route 47 from Jack Franks' office, two people held signs saying, "Marriage, 1 man + 1 woman."


AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend Senate Bill 1716 by replacing
everything after the enacting clause with the following:
“Section 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act.

Section 5. Purposes; rules of construction. This Act shall be liberally construed and applied to promote its underlying purposes, which are to provide adequate procedures for the
certification and registration of a civil union and provide persons entering into a civil union with the obligations, responsibilities, protections, and benefits afforded or recognized by the law of Illinois to spouses.

Now the dirty bastards do the switch. Done in both the House and the Senate.

Senate Floor Amendment No. 1
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the Code of Civil Procedure. Makes a technical change in provisions concerning the death of a party.

House Committee Amendment No. 1
Deletes reference to:
735 ILCS 5/13-209
Adds reference to:
New Act
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Creates the Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act. Defines “civil union” as a legal relationship between 2 persons, of either the same or opposite sex, established in accordance with the Act. Provides that a party to a civil union shall be entitled to the same legal obligations, responsibilities, protections, and benefits afforded or recognized by the law of Illinois to spouses. Prohibits certain civil unions. Provides that the Director of Public Health shall prescribe forms for an application, license, and certificate for a civil union. Contains provisions regarding: application for a civil union license; certification of a civil union; and duties of the county clerk and Department of Public Health. Provides for dissolution and declaration of invalidity of a civil union. Provides that a marriage between persons of the same sex, a civil union, or a substantially similar legal relationship other than common law marriage, legally entered into in another jurisdiction, shall be recognized in Illinois as a civil union. Contains provisions regarding construction, application, religious freedom, severability, and other matters.


If the tiny URL works it will take you to the Illinois Web Page BILL STATUS.

It shows how it was introduced as ONE BILL and then when Senators have agreed to the bill by the BILL NUMBER, the BIG switch occurs.

This is the shady, low life; shenanigans that the people in the state house do. Start it one way and then change it to slip something through.

They know it won’t pass in the light of day, so they try a midnight switch.

Routinely a popular bill gets an ADD ON provision that has absolutely nothing with the context of the original bill. Sneaking a unpopular provision through with a good one.

This backroom BS is hoping the people voting don’t read it.

The public is hoodwinked.

This is taking dirty politics to a new level.

Look at the sign that says, "kNOw SB 1716." That's the same use of the word that we used when fighting the RTA referendum in 1974. We figured that the more one knew about the Regional Transportation Authority proposal, the less likely one was to vote for it.

As predicted, the Northwest Herald did not cover the demonstration.


Patriots United Demonstrate Against Civil Union Bill in Front of Jack Franks’ Office — 3 Comments

  1. Since I’m not in Jack Franks District I just read your posts and enjoy your photos (at least YOU showed up even though the NWH failed copped out).

    Jack’s sign caught my attention and so I zoomed in on it. What a piece of work that sign post/assembly is! The mounting brackets probably wouldn’t pass most village inspections. But, WHAT was painted over on his sign after the 4 stars? Could it have been a word like “General”? I’m sure that many politicians are reviewing all their military service claims after Kirk and the other guy got caught in lies. The signboard below Franks sign appears to say “We Honor Our Veterans” which makes me think the area painted over had something to do with his military standing.

    Maybe someone who saw the sign prior to it being altered can enlighten us all on what came after the 4 stars.

  2. I want to know who these ppl are who feel they can judge another person? Its none of their business what a person does. Get over your fears ppl and worry bout yourselves and your family. Dont worry about if another man and man or woman and woman have a civil union or what have you.. God will only judge me not YOU! You forget god made all of us so the bible says. So if he didnt want gay ppl he wouldnt have done so. SO like I said dont judge another person. And all I have to say to you all in woodstock. Which there are alot of gay ppl in woodstock. More in the closet than anything. God bless you all!!!

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