The Untold Story about How Unions Took Over Illinois Government

Who is actually running Illinois government? It’s not the administration. It’s not the department heads. It’s the public employee unions. —Chicago Tribune, November 25, 2019

by Dr. Norman Jones



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 8/25/2022

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 108
ISBN : 9781665568548
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 108
ISBN : 9781665568524
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 108
ISBN : 9781665568531

About the Book

This book was inspired by a report in the Chicago Tribune in November 25, 2019. The newspaper asked, “Who is actually running Illinois state government? It’s not the administration. It’s not the department heads. It’s the public employee unions.” Well before these comments appeared I had become a victim of the union I belonged to which was the Illinois Federation of Teachers. I spent years trying to find out about the obligations unions have to dues paying members. I learned that the United States Supreme Court held that unions must back their constituents. I was harassed by my employer, a school district in Illinois, and asked the union for help. I was ignored and filed my own First Amendment law suit in federal court in Chicago. A federal judge’s memorandum held that my case was meritorious and should proceed to court. Armed with that decision I again asked the union for legal help, but was refused. I reported the unions disregard for the ruling to the FBI and was told, “This case belongs in federal court.” The agency made it clear to me that the union was in violation of federal statutes. I determined that unions in Illinois are saving money by not filing law suits for members who have had their civil rights infringed by unscrupulous employers. This plot enables unions to pay union employees outrageous salaries and contribute to campaign funds of politicians who favor union control of Illinois government. Explained within chapters in the book are moves unions have made that has allowed them to, over the years, get control of Illinois government. How this control came about is a mystery to citizens. The Untold Story About How Unions Took Over Illinois Government is an attempt to clarify and expose what has to be a silent insurrection.

About the Author

For four decades, Dr. Norman Jones has published books and made presentations about leadership, communications, teaching, and human development. He is now retired. He graduated from high school in Marion, Indiana, in 1954 and was awarded the Kiwanis Achievement Award for basketball. He earned a varsity letter for basketball at Manchester College and two letters at Ball State University. He earned a BA degree in education in 1959 and a MA degree in counseling and guidance in 1963 from Ball State. Dr. Jones became a head coach in basketball, baseball, and golf while teaching at high schools in North Vernon and Salem, Indiana, and in Palatine, Illinois. In 1977, he was granted a sabbatical from the Palatine school district and earned a doctorate in counseling and educational psychology from the University of Mississippi. In 1981, Dr. Jones published Keep in Touch with Prentice-Hall. He then founded Communication Unlimited and began his writing and speaking career. He appeared on WBBM-TV (CBS) in Chicago on the talk show Common Ground and was on WIND and WBBM radio shows. Dr. Jones published Performance Management in the 21st Century with St. Lucie/CRS Press. He taught graduate courses, including Human Development for Secondary School Administrators at Roosevelt University in Chicago, and Principles of Guidance at Northeastern Illinois University. He made presentations for Blue Cross-Blue Shield, the Illinois State Board of Education, the International Graphoanalysis Society, and the University of Wisconsin football staff. He published his memoir, Growing Up in Indiana: The Culture & Hoosier Hysteria Revisited, and then Main St. vs. Wall Street: Wake-up Calls for America’s Leaders in 2010. He has published two articles for the Indiana Historical Society Press magazine Traces. During his retirement, he has made an effort to help the state of Illinois lose its moniker of being the most corrupt state in America. Part of that effort is told in this book with the appropriate title, The Untold Story about How Unions Took Over Illinois Government.