Janus, Mark

​In 2007 Mark Janus began working at the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services, but was surprised when he discovered he was paying "fair share" union dues to the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) even though he was not a union member. In early 2015 Janus decided to file a law suit against AFSCME, claiming that his 1st Amendment freedom of speech rights were being violated. The Liberty Justice Center represented him on a pro bono basis and over the next three years they argued the Janus case through the court system. His case was heard before the U.S. Supreme Court in early 2018, and decided in his favor on June 27, 2018 by a 5-4 decision.