Board of Trustees, NEIU: Stop the perversion of  Illinois' Citizens Protection Act
  • Petitioned Marvin Garcia

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Board of Trustees, NEIU
Marvin Garcia
Illinois Senator
Senator John Cullerton
Illinois Representative
Representative Jack Franks
Illinois Representative
Representative Biss
Illinois Senator
Senator Martinez
Governor of Illinois
Governor Pat Quinn
Chair of the Board of Trustees, NEIU
Carlos Azcoitia
Sharon Hahs
Petition Starter
Petition Starter

Board of Trustees, NEIU: Stop the perversion of Illinois' Citizens Protection Act

    1. Susan Dwyer
    2. Petition by

      Susan Dwyer

      Chicago, IL


On June 19, 2012 attorneys working under the direction of Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) extracted from Cook County Judge Randye Kogan a decision granting their VP Melvin Terrell and the university immunity from defamation claims using the Illinois Citizen Participation Act (CPA). The act was meant to protect citizens from being sued by powerful interests for speaking out in public forums. This ruling stands the CPA on its head granting immunity to a powerful interest in attacks on a citizen in response to her voicing an opinion on an issue of public concern.
Our ability as citizens to influence governmental decisions has been revoked. Instead, immunity has been granted to government officials to indiscriminately exercise their authority to crush any citizens who dare to oppose them.
Capeheart was attempting to influence the university’s decision to arrest peaceful protesters when she was viciously slandered by VP Terrell. The CPA was not intended to protect such abuses, it was intended to protect citizens such as Capeheart, not to punish, nor to bankrupt them as NEIU is intending. The ruling in Capeheart’s case prevents judicial redress for any slander by a government official against a citizen because of the extreme threat of liability for the government’s legal tab.
This decision will negatively impact upon attempts to secure national legislation commonly called anti-SLAPP (strategic lawsuits against public participation). It may also be affect citizens of states which currently have anti-SLAPP legislation in place. Support the spirit and intent of anti-Slapp laws by signing the letter to Illinois legislators demanding that they stop this perversion of the law.

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    1. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Joanie Liesenfelt KANKAKEE, IL
      • 9 months ago

      I live in Kankakee, the Illinois leader in SLAPPs, repressor extraordinaire of First Amendment rights, with a City Motto of Do Harm. I found your petition when I was searching Illinois Anti-slapp to see if it was contaminated yet by slimy deals. Guess so. Would you possibly also send this petition to Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon? She seems to be the only high-ranking Illinois official who is ethical. Thank you for speaking up!

      • 9 months ago

      Tired of unsupervised college administrators thinking that they can get away with this crap

    • Frank Edler LINCOLN, NE
      • about 1 year ago

      Judge Kogan's decision is a complete perversion of justice. Is this a case of "crony justice"?

    • Benjamin Robinson BLOOMINGTON, IN
      • over 1 year ago

      Universities are being run increasingly as corporations, where the priority becomes fundraising and recruiting. It is more important than ever to protect labor, speech, and a vision of the university as a public asset, not a commercial enterprise. Silencing critical faculty using the CPA is perverse.

    • Vasquez Edward BLOOMINGTON, IN
      • over 1 year ago

      Protect Free Speech and the right to organize politically on campus.


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