Union Workers Protest Wisconsin Governor

Published 04/17 2012 05:13PM

Updated 04/17 2012 05:40PM

Update: 5:18 pm
    More than 1,000 union workers protest the visit of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker outside the hotel where he was speaking. They don't think he should be offering any input on how to fix the Illinois budget.
    Everyone was chanting and cheering, holding up signs. They were trying to send a clear message to the governor; to worry about the politics back in his home state of Wisconsin. Deb Russell was in the crowd, She's a teacher and says no one in Illinois should look to Walker for advice.
    It wasn't just union members rallying today. Dozens of groups from Wisconsin also supported Illinois' workers. They say the last thing they want to see is another state ending up like theirs. More than a million people signed a petition to remove Walker from office. His recall election is in June.

Original: 12:53 pm

SPRINGFIELD -- Thousands of union members are in the Capital City today. They're protesting Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. He was invited to talk with the Illinois Chamber of Commerce.
    The entire area was packed with union members protesting Walker's talk with Illinois leaders about the state's budget crisis. WCIA-3 News was told they wanted his expertise about creating jobs and making smart fiscal cuts. But, union members say he has no right to offer any input.
    It wasn't just Illinois union members rallying. Dozens of groups from Wisconsin also came to show solidarity. They say the last thing they want to see is another state end up like theirs.
    More than 1-million voters in Wisconsin signed a petition to remove Governor Walker from office this year. His recall election is set for June 5, 2012.

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