More than 100-AFSCME union employees and supporters picketed the Governor's appearance at a rural Jefferson County farm Monday. The protesters represented workers at the Tamms Correctional Center, Illinois Youth Center in Murphysboro, and the Murray Developmental Center in Centralia that Governor Quinn will be laying off.
After seeing the protesters, Quinn's office hastily moved the drought relief announcement to a remote field four miles from the farm where the event was to originally take place. Quinn did take questions from the media about the planned closings. He says there will be potential substitute jobs for those employees:
"Ah, there's an opportunity to work in the direct, Department of Corrections that they can apply for, and the turnover in those two departments particularly corrections is quite high every year. And so, there's opportunities, people aren't going to lose their jobs, they'll have an opportunity to apply for another job in another place."
Quinn says he inherited the state's difficult financial situation and it's his job to be the repair man. The Governor did say he may reconsider keeping open the Centralia Animal Disease Lab because of its drought related work with fish and livestock populations. (photo courtesy WSIU radio)
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