ILLINOIS A Lombard-based organization called the Illinois Minutemen describes itself as a militia and has echoed the anti-government themes of militia groups elsewhere. The group, formed in mid-January by Glen Ellyn resident Mike Bafundo, now claims members from Cook, DuPage, Will, Kane and McHenry Counties. It meets twice a month at a Lombard bowling alley. Members do not wear uniforms or carry weapons, but they are reportedly considering a paramilitary training session with the Michigan Militia. Another organization, the Southern Illinois Patriots League, held a rally on April 22 in Carbondale to protest the presentation by Governor James Edgar of the state's highest honor, the Order of Lincoln, to gun control advocate James Brady. Signs at the rally, which drew 150 participants, assailed some of the militia movement's favorite demons: one described James Brady and his wife Sarah as tdiabolical misfits," another equated agents of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms with Nazi stormtroopers. Protestors were also invited to wipe their feet on a United Nations flag. Organizers of the rally included Glad Hall, Scott Slinkard and Ken Potter. ~ ADL Fact Finding Report, "Beyond the Bombing: The Militia Menace Grows," Anti-Defamation League, 1995.
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