Carbondale, IL. (ECWd) –
State employees should already know that electioneering using state resources, such as their state email accounts, violates state ethics laws.
State officers and employees take mandatory classes on the subject, but some still try to flaunt the system, thinking they won’t get caught.
We were recently notified of Dr. Jerry Becker’s use of his state email to forward electioneering material which asked people to vote “YES” on the Nov ballot referendum for the Graduated Income Tax.
Becker forwarded an email, from his “[email protected]” email account, to an unknown number of individuals. Contained within the forwarded email, are links to documents asking people to vote “YES” on the tax referendum question.
This violates the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act, 5 ILCS 430, in which “Prohibited Political Activity” is defined, in part, as:
- (7) Soliciting votes on behalf of a candidate for elective office or a political organization or for or against any referendum question or helping in an effort to get voters to the polls.
- (11) Distributing, preparing for distribution, or mailing campaign literature, campaign signs, or other campaign material on behalf of any candidate for elective office or for or against any referendum question.
- (12) Campaigning for any elective office or for or against any referendum question.
This violates SIU Policy, Section 7 (A), by using university property and resources to distribute emails soliciting a “YES” vote on a referendum question on the November ballot.
This also violates the Governor’s “Prohibited Political Guide” and the Executive Ethics Commission’s published brochure.
We asked Dr. Becker to comment, but he has not responded as of publication.
DavePosted at 09:40h, 11 August
ARROGANT BECKER SHOULD BE SUMMARILY FIRED….
TonyPosted at 09:44h, 11 August
A math professor shilling for graduated income tax? That’d be a disqualifier to teach math in my book.
PKPosted at 11:54h, 11 August
I did not find Mr. Becker on the math department faculty and staff page at SIU’s web-site…a right solid Saluki minus.
BWPosted at 04:35h, 20 August
He’s not a real math professor. He teaches in the education department with the rest of the liberals.
PKPosted at 20:30h, 23 August
Oh. I thought the math department’s faculty and staff list was already updated to reflect that he was no longer employed…on account of the University policy violation.