By Kurt Erickson, Pantagraph.com
SPRINGFIELD â€” Gov. Pat Quinn chimed in on Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walkerâ€™s controversial visit to Illinoisâ€™ capital city today, issuing a list of criticisms and complaints Monday about his embattled neighbor to the north.
Quinn, a Democrat, joined a growing number of opponents of Walkerâ€™s scheduled speech at the Illinois Chamber of Commerceâ€™s annual lobbying day activities in Springfield.
The two-page missive distributed by a member of Quinnâ€™s press staff hammered Walker, a Republican, on issues like taxes, job growth and budgeting.
â€œWhat can Scott Walker teach Illinois?â€ the memo noted. â€œNot much.â€
Walkerâ€™s 10 a.m. speech at a downtown hotel is his latest national stop as he barnstorms toward a June 5 recall vote.
In the past week he has been in Oklahoma and Missouri. He also is expected to speak today at a fundraiser in Michigan.
A coalition of labor unions has organized a protest outside of the Springfield event to highlight Walkerâ€™s high-profile push last year to end collective bargaining rights for public-sector workers.
Other groups also are planning to protest his speech.
â€œWisconsin was once the proud birthplace of progressivism,â€ said William McNary, co-director of Citizen Action Illinois. â€œUnder Governor Walker, progress has been rolled back on job creation, health care access, environmental protection and womenâ€™s equality.â€
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