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Illinois Working Together releases pre-State of the State video


“On the eve of the State of the State speech, working people from around Illinois are speaking out against Gov. Rauner and the damage he has caused. Rauner’s quest to ram through his personal agenda has harmed students, seniors, working families, and the Illinois economy. It’s time for the governor to listen to everyday Illinoisans, stop his attacks on working people, and drop his extreme agenda once and for all.”

– Jake Lewis, Illinois Working Together Campaign Director
As Governor Bruce Rauner prepares to deliver the State of the State speech, Illinois Working Together asked working men and women from around the state, “What do you think the state of Illinois is under Gov. Rauner?” People from across Illinois responded, expressing their frustration with Gov. Rauner and their concern about the future of our state.

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“Illinois is headed downhill,” said Katie Jordan, a senior citizen from Chicago. Educator Billy Hung from Charleston said, “The damage that Gov. Rauner is doing to public higher education will take us decades to repair.”

With tomorrow’s speech, Gov. Rauner has an opportunity to finally demonstrate that he is listening to middle-class Illinoisans by clearly and unambiguously dropping his destructive agenda for Illinois.

“I urge the governor to put Illinois citizens over politics, stop your anti-union agenda, and work on a budget and bargain fairly with state employees,” said Child Protection Investigator Stephen Mittons.  “Working people deserve a governor who cares about them,” said Mary Tapia Barthel, a cashier from Elgin.

Will Gov. Rauner heed the call of working families in Illinois, or will he continue down the same path of bullying that has led the state into fiscal chaos?

We’ll find out tomorrow.

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About Illinois Working Together
Illinois Working Together is a coalition defending all working families from anti-worker attacks. Illinois Working Together believes that Governor Rauner's wrong priorities seek to harm hardworking families and communities throughout Illinois while protecting the wealthiest. The Coalition's goal is to stand up and fight back against the governor's political attacks and threats - and protect the vital services all Illinoisans rely on. It is time to get Illinois working together.

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