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Mark Janus - General Interest

In 2007 Mark Janus began working at the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services, but was surprised when he discovered he was paying "fair share" union dues to the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) even though he was not a union member. In early 2015 Janus decided to file a law suit against AFSCME, claiming that his 1st Amendment freedom of speech rights were being violated. The Liberty Justice Center represented him on a pro bono basis and over the next three years they argued the Janus case through the court system. His case was heard before the U.S. Supreme Court in early 2018, and decided in his favor on June 27, 2018 by a 5-4 decision.

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Feature Excerpt

Fed up with the union

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Interview Session 01 (Audio)

Early career, work at the IL DHFS and views toward fair share AFSCME union dues

Interview Session 02 (Audio)

Overview of the Janus v. AFSCME Supreme Court case

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Boy Scout Troop 11 gathered at Camp Illinek on Lake Springfield in the mid-1960s. Mark is in the front row, second from the left.

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Springfield, Illinois

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Mid-1960s

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This photo of Mark’s confirmation class at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Springfield, Illinois was taken on Maundy Thursday, April 11, 1968. Mark is on the floor in the far right.

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Springfield, Illinois

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April 11, 1968

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This image is considered to be in the public domain.

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The 1969 Boy Scout National Jamboree was held at Farragut State Park, Idaho. Troop 44 from the Abraham Lincoln Council of Springfield, Illinois gathered for this photo. Mark is seventh from the right in the second row.

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Farragut State Park, Idaho

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1969

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This image is considered to be in the public domain.

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Mark Janus kept his 1969 Boy Scout Jamboree certification card as a cherished keepsake.

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Unknown

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1969

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Narrator’s photo

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This patch reads, “I rode with Rabbi Dobin at Philmont” The Rabbi was the camp’s chaplain in 1971, the year Mark participated in a trek through the Philmont Scout ranch and caught a ride from the chaplain.

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Unknown

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1971

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Narrator’s photo



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By March 2003, Mark was Scoutmaster for Troop 7, his son’s Boy Scout Troop, which met at Christ Episcopal Church in Springfield.

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Springfield, Illinois

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March 2003

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Narrator’s photo

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Mark got a chance to scuba dive at the BSA National High Adventure Sea Base in the Florida Keys in April 2004. He was leading a Council contingent during the trip.

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Florida Keys

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April 2004

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Narrator’s photo

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This pro-Janus cartoon in 2011 by Los Angeles based Chip Bok took the taxpayer’s perspective on the issues that were raised years later in the Janus v. AFSCME case.

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Unknown

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2011

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May be restricted. Patrons desiring to use this photograph should contact the ALPL Audio-Visual Curator. Cartoon dated March 3, 2011 is posted on the AAEC (Assn of American Editorial Cartoonists Website.

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This pro-AFSCME union cartoon by cartoonist Mike Konopacki appeared in late 2017 on the CSEANY.org CSEA WorkForce website. Labeling Janus a hypocrite was a common allegation he faced during the course of the law suit.

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Unknown

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2017

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(May be restricted. Patrons desiring to use this photograph should contact the ALPL Audio-Visual Curator. Civil Service Employee Association website

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This cartoon by Eric Allie of Pioneer Press appeared in the Illinois Policy Institute’s Summer 2018 magazine. It depicts Janus as David taking on the AFSCME goliath.

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Unknown

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2018

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Anti-Janus protesters gathered outside the U.S. Supreme Court on February 26, 2018 in support of AFSCME’s position.

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Washington D.C.

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February 26, 2018

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May be restricted. Patrons desiring to use this photograph should contact the ALPL Audio-Visual Curator. Photo appeared in the ‘Marketplace’ website.

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Anti-Janus protesters gathered outside the U.S. Supreme Court on February 26, 2018 to show their support for the unions’ position.

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Washington D.C.

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February 26, 2018

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May be restricted. Patrons desiring to use this photograph should contact the ALPL Audio-Visual Curator. Photo appeared on the ‘California Political Review’ website

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Mark Janus in Washington, D.C. on February 26, 2018 after the oral arguments for his case. Pat Hughes, an attorney and President of Liberty Justice Center, is to Mark’s right.

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Washington D.C.

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February 26, 2018

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May be restricted. Patrons desiring to use this photograph should contact the ALPL Audio-Visual Curator. Provided by the Illinois Policy Institute

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Illinois’s Attorney General, Lisa Madigan, was on hand for the U.S. Supreme Court’s oral arguments of Janus v. AFSCME on February 26, 2018. She was a vocal supporter of AFSCME’s position and filed an Amicus brief in support of AFSCME.

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Washington D.C.

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February 26, 2018

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May be restricted. Patrons desiring to use this photograph should contact the ALPL Audio-Visual Curator. Photo appeared in the Chicago ‘Sun-Times.’

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Mark Janus spoke to the D.C. ‘media scrum’ in front of a bank of microphones on February 26, 2018 after the oral arguments for his case. To his right was NPR reporter Nina Totenberg and on his left was Pat Hughes of the Liberty Justice Center.

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Washington, D.C.

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February 26, 2018

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May be restricted. Patrons desiring to use this photograph should contact the ALPL Audio-Visual Curator. Provided by the Illinois Policy Institute

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Jacob Huebert (Mark’s Illinois attorney), Mark Janus and John Tillman, the CEO of the Illinois Policy Institute were on hand in Washington, D.C. on the day the U.S. Supreme Court announced its decision on Mark’s case on June 27, 2018.

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Washington, D.C.

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June 27, 2018

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Governor Bruce Rauner was on hand in Washington, D.C. on June 27, 2018 when the U.S. Supreme Court announced its decision in favor of Janus. Gov. Rauner had filed a similar case in 2015, but he was ruled by the courts to have no standing.

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Washington, D.C.

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June 27, 2018

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May be restricted. Patrons desiring to use this photograph should contact the ALPL Audio-Visual Curator. Photo appeared in the Chicago ‘Sun-Times

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Shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court announced its decision on June 27, 2018 in favor of the plaintiff, Mark Janus appeared before the press outside the Supreme Court building to make a short statement.

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Washington, D.C.

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June 27, 2018

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Mark Janus appeared with Shannon Bream on her show, Fox News@Night on the evening of the decision, June 27, 2018. By that time, news of his victory had been eclipsed by the announcement of Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement.

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Unknown

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June 27, 2018

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Mark Janus appeared on the cover of the Illinois Policy Institute’s Summer 2018 issue after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of his case, Janus vs. AFSCME.

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Unknown

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2018

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This cartoon was presented to Mark Janus in recognition of his victory in his Supreme Court case, Janus v. AFSCME. It was presented to him at the American Legislative Exchange Council Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana on Aug 8, 2018.

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New Orleans, Louisiana

When:

Aug 8, 2018

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