Ill. House rejects ‘Occupy’ resolution

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois House has rejected a resolution in support of the Occupy Wall Street movement, with one lawmaker accusing protesters of “raping and pillaging.”

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois House has rejected a resolution in support of the Occupy Wall Street movement, with one lawmaker accusing protesters of "raping and pillaging."

Rep. Ed Sullivan Jr. called the protesters "un-American." The Mundelein Republican says he has seen reports of them "raping and pillaging and beating people up and murdering."

There have been scattered reports of violence and assaults at Occupy camps, but the sponsor of the resolution scoffs at the idea that violence is widespread. Chicago Democrat La Shawn Ford says any group, even politicians, can contain some troublemakers.

His resolution said the House we stand supports peaceful activities by the Occupy protesters.

It failed 37-58 Tuesday.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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