CHICAGO

University Of Illinois Cracks Down On Staff Politicking

10/26/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

UPDATE

University of Illinois President B. Joseph White said "common sense" should trump "technical violations" of the ban.

Listen to excerpts of his remarks here.

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From the Chicago Sun-Times:

If a presidential candidate held a campaign rally on the University of Illinois campus, all professors and university employees would be prohibited from attending, under new ethics rules handed down last week by the school.

University employees are also barred from wearing campaign buttons and displaying bumper stickers on school property, according to a memo sent to all employees from the university's ethics office.

University spokesman Tom Hardy said the memo merely spells out state law and imposes no new rules.

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