Saturday, August 26, 2006

Anti-War Activists Target Bean At Rally

The News-Sun
Ralph Zahorik

MUNDELEIN — Anti-Iraq War activists, including military families opposed to the war, are planning a demonstration against U.S. Rep. Melissa Bean, D-Barrington, at a Democratic rally Sunday at Diamond Lake Slough, a Mundelein park.

Bean and U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Evanston, are set to headline the rally, according to organizers.

In a statement, an organization called Military Families Speak Out said members will "deliver" flowers to Bean — one flower for every Illinois service person who has died since she took office in January 2005 "to highlight the human cost of the war."

Bill Scheurer, an independent candidate for Congress running against Bean and Republican candidate David McSweeney, is a member of Military Families Speak Out.

"She (Bean) would like to hide behind Jan Schakowsky's record, but she lined up with the Republicans to support the war," said Marge Haracz of Mundelein, a member of MFSO.
If Bean attends the rally, she will receive 48 carnations, Haracz said.

The MFSO statement said Bean "failed to support a resolution for an open debate on the floor of the House floor regarding Iraq" in June 2006 and "voted with the Republican majority to 'stay the course'" of the war.

Bean couldn't be reached for comment. Brian Herman, her campaign spokesman, declined comment.

The Democratic event in Mundelein is called "Bluefest: Rally for Democracy" and is for "Democrats, independents and recovering Republicans who believe America is headed in the wrong direction and want to help ... take the country back," said Cher Daluga, rally organizer.

Bean and Schakowsky will be jointed by Democratic candidates from Lake, McHenry and northern Cook counties, she said.

Attendees can meet and hear the candidates and enjoy food, entertainment and family activities, Daluga said. Admission is free, but a $10 per family donation is requested to help local candidates, she said.

The rally is scheduled to start at 11:30 a.m. Sunday and continue to about 6 p.m. The 43-acre Diamond Lake Slough park is off the south side of Route 60/83 between Midlothian and Diamond Lake roads. The entrance is east of the Irish Mill Pub.


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