Hundreds Protest Governor At State Fair

Not everyone cheered for Gov. Rauner at the Governor’s Day; hundreds spent the day chanting and protesting.

Frustration and anger about what some say is the negative spiral Illinois is in the midst of.

They did not come into the Governor’s Day celebration, rather picketing right outside to make their message loud and clear to Rauner and other top Republican leaders.

Hundreds of home-care workers and protesters were out in force walking all around the state fairgrounds on Governor’s Day.

“Because in my health care he has cut out insurance, he don’t want to pay for our training, he fold us for overtime pay,” said Eddie Sanders, a home care worker in Chicago.

Some from Chicago, others from here in Springfield.

“It’s been too long without any movement. We went a whole year without a state budget, we’ve now got this band-aid budget,” said Gail Hamilton, a home care provider in Springfield.

Some chanting while others were in costume.

“It’s really difficult for me to look at domestic violence victims in the eye and tell them she can’t have shelter space tonight because the governor wants term limits,” said Megan Rose, a protester with Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network.

She was the spokesperson for someone dressed up as Buddy the Budget, whose message was that Illinois needed a fully passed budget.

Home-care workers — who tend to the elderly and disabled — say the recent year-long budget impasse has made their jobs challenging.

“I’m having to encourage clients that I’ll be there. This program is so far reaching. And it has worked for decades,” said Hamilton.

She said they need higher wages to compete and simply survive.

“Some of us work three or four jobs because of the wages we get. Some of us have college degrees but we can’t get hired in the fields we’re in,” she said.

So they wanted the governor to hear them as he entered the governor’s day celebration.

And he heard them.

“I’m not sure who’s yelling over there. I’ll say this. If yelling and screaming and chanting and intimidating solved problems, Illinois would not have a single problem ever,” said Rauner.

Crisis Center for South Suburbia