No. 71-1619.

473 F.2d 561 (1972)

ILLINOIS STATE EMPLOYEES UNION, COUNCIL 34, AMERICAN FEDERATION OF STATE, COUNTY AND MUNICIPAL EMPLOYEES, AFL-CIO, an Unincorporated Labor Organization, et al., Plaintiffs-Appellants, v. John W. LEWIS, individually and as Secretary of State of the State of Illinois, Defendant-Appellee.

United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit.

Decided September 18, 1972.

Certiorari Denied February 20, 1973.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Gilbert A. Cornfield, Chicago, Ill., for plaintiffs-appellants.

Don H. Reuben, Lawrence Gunnels, James C. Munson, Steven Handler, Robert A. Tingler, Asst. Atty. Gen., Chicago, Ill., Waldo Ackerman, Asst. Atty. Gen., Springfield, Ill., for defendant-appellee.

Before KILEY and STEVENS, Circuit Judges, and CAMPBELL, District Judge.

Certiorari Denied February 20, 1973. See 93 S.Ct. 1364, 1370.

STEVENS, Circuit Judge.

The question presented is whether a public employee may be discharged for failing to support the partisan political activities of his immediate superior. Defendant contends as a matter of fact that plaintiffs were not discharged for any such a reason and as a matter of law that such a reason is sufficient until political tradition — at least the patronage aspects of...

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