By Dan McCaleb, Illinois News Network -
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle's attempt to grab millions of dollars in "damages" because her outrageous sugary drink tax was delayed by a few weeks is a threat to the free speech rights of citizens.
It also might be a violation of the state's anti-SLAPP law.
SLAPP is an acronym for a "strategic lawsuit against public participation." In other words, it is an attempt by powerful government officials with unlimited taxpayer money at their disposal to use the state's expensive civil court system to stifle citizens' freedom of speech protections guaranteed in the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
Hey dictator remember the Illinois constitution:
Article one – Bill of Rights
“SECTION 4. FREEDOM OF SPEECH
All persons may speak, write and publish freely, being responsible for the abuse of that liberty. In trials for libel, both civil and criminal, the truth, when published with good motives and for justifiable ends, shall be a sufficient defense.” (Source: Illinois Constitution.)