An angry crowd of union workers may not get what they are looking for in a pension reform plan, but they did manage to force an early end to Governor’s Day events at the Illinois State Fair.
Governor Pat Quinn was dogged by hecklers throughout the grounds… from lunch at the pork patio to his rally on the Director’s Lawn at the fairgrounds. The rally, which had been scheduled to run for more than an hour, ended after less than 20 minutes, as Quinn and other speakers were drowned out by the jeering crowd.
The union workers say Quinn’s pension reform plans are unconstitutional and unfair. But in his speech to the crowd… which lasted only around two minutes… Quinn predicted that the public would side with him, rather than with workers trying to protect benefits that Quinn says the state can’t afford.
Watch video of protesters at the Illinois State Fair's governor's day here: