Boo-birds share displeasure with governor's leadership
Catcalls may have dampened pension reform
If you followed the news last week, you already know that hundreds of AFSCME members packed the Illinois State Fair Director's Lawn last Wednesday afternoon and booed pretty much everybody who tried to speak at the annual Democratic event.
The only person of consequence to escape most of the hostility was Secretary of State Jesse White (who is also exempted from the traditional fan booing of politicians at Chicago baseball games). But even White received a few boos at times.
"It is a great day to be a Democrat in Springfield, Illinois!" shouted Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon, the event's emcee, over loud catcalls. "And I am happy to be here with all of you, no matter what your point of view is," she continued, hoping to calm the angry crowd, which was far more AFSCME than Democratic.
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