Quinn criticizes Wis. governor’s visit

April 17, 2012

By Kurt Erickson, Pantagraph.com

SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Pat Quinn chimed in on Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s controversial visit to Illinois’ 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 Walker’s scheduled speech at the Illinois Chamber of Commerce’s annual lobbying day activities in Springfield.

The two-page missive distributed by a member of Quinn’s press staff hammered Walker, a Republican, on issues like taxes, job growth and budgeting.

“What can Scott Walker teach Illinois?” the memo noted. “Not much.”

Walker’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 Walker’s high-profile push last year to end collective bargaining rights for public-sector workers.

Other groups also are planning to protest his speech.

“Wisconsin was once the proud birthplace of progressivism,” said William McNary, co-director of Citizen Action Illinois. “Under Governor Walker, progress has been rolled back on job creation, health care access, environmental protection and women’s equality.”

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