The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Illinois Butt-Heads

Jan 6, 2014

As of January 1, a new Illinois law imposes a fine of up to $1500 for throwing a cigarette butt out of a car window. If you get caught throwing a butt out your window a third time, the penalty is one to three years in jail plus a fine of up to $25,000.

If the roads and streets are dirtier than they used to be, it’s because the state has cut back on cleaning the roadways and cities have cut back on their streets and sanitation budgets. Politicians have made cuts in all the services the population needs, while continuing to hand money over to their wealthy corporate buddies.

It takes some nerve to impose these draconian fines, no doubt devised to squeeze more money out of us, while giving the police another excuse to pull us over and harass us.

We’ve got a good idea of where these politicians can put all the cigarette butts–and it’s not the side of the highway!