Constitutional Law-Relation of State and Federal Governments-Application of the Hatch Act to the Political Activity of a State Official

Plaintiff brought an action to set aside a determination of the United States Civil Service Commission that his political activities while Illinois State Director of Conservation were in violation of the Hatch Act. The district court held that such an application of the Hatch Act would infringe upon the plaintiff’s vested rights, and would contravene the constitutional guarantee to the state of a republican form of government. On appeal, held, reversed. Application of the Hatch Act to state employees does not deprive them of any vested rights under the United States Constitution. Palmer v. United States Civil Sero. Comm’n, 297 F.2d 450 (7th Cir. 1962).