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Conservative group banned from holding rally where Obama announced presidential run

A conservative group has been banned from holding a rally at Illinois’s Old State Capitol because the site prohibits political demonstrations — yet it’s the same place where President Obama announced his run for president and later, his choice of Joe Biden for vice president.

According to the State Journal-Reigster in Springfield, Ill., the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency denied a request by the group, Restore Our Constitution, to hold a rally both because of the site’s prohibition of political events and also because of a lack of resources due to budget cuts.

An exception was made for Obama’s events, the spokesman told the paper, because officials knew it would generate publicity for the site unparalleled to any other events. He claimed that 10 requests to hold events at the Old Capitol have also been denied recently, including non-political receptions.

Jerald Jacobs, an organizer of the event meant to protest Obama’s policies, said he thinks the group was banned because of its conservative stance. “I believe that it will be an embarrassment for those people to have us appear at the same site where Obama announced his run for the presidency,” he said. “Some people would consider that an affront to the way Obama used that site in the past.”

Jacobs and others plan to protest the decision this weekend outside the gates of the Old Capitol.

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  • libertyatstake

    Barry thinks the columns are cool. He doesn’t want anybody else to have them.

    http://libertyatstake.blogspot.com/
    “Because the Only Good Progressive is a Failed Progressive”

    • Taxpayer

      I bet he took home a couple of the styrofoam ones from the Denver DNC.

  • Major_Skidmark

    Pretty soon the BHO admin will control EVERYTHING. Better not be a conservative on the organ donor waiting list under ObamaCare.

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  • johno413

    This story is ironic at every point. They ALLOW one two events because they are making decisions on business principals, even though they might not be able to afford it. Publicity would be good for business, in other words. So as others, likely reacting to the publicity from the allowed events, ask to use the site for PUBLIC events, potentially ADDING to the publicity bank account, so to speak, they are denied. Hmmmm. So it isn’t just publicity for business reasons, then is it?

    And the largest irony of all for me – I have to assume this agency is led by left of center types (is it non-profit? Not worth my time to investigate)given the politics of IL and how the agency was likely created. And so, it’s quite possible they are on the bandwagon in opposition to the “evils” of capitalism many in the political class harp on lately. Yet, it’s okay as long as you approve of the benefits, meaning who benefits. Or at least that’s a fair conclusion from their actions.

  • rainmaker1145

    As usual, the stated intentions of liberal-progressive policymakers are 180 degrees out from their actions. The day of our vengeance will come and I have a feeling the kick-off for the biggest pogrom in history starts in just 70 days.

  • noonespetgoat

    Perhaps a mosque could be built there to mark the site of another national tragedy.

    • recovered dem

      Good comment!