Governor Quinn at AFSCME Conference

Public employees from across Illinois get a chance to greet the new governor.

On his second official day in office, Governor Pat Quinn spoke to a crowd of state, federal and municipal employees during their annual legislative conference.

Around 500 members of the american federation of state, county and municipal employees cheered newly appointed governor quinn... Who says the union has a proud tradition of service in illinois

"There's a famous saying, that service to others is the rent we pay for our place on God's green earth. And I'm here today to tell everyone here that your union - and the members of your union, they've more than paid their rent in service, and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts," Governor Quinn said.

"I think it was an excellent speech. I think he said exactly what we wanted and what we needed to hear as AFSCME members - as union members," AFSCME Council 31 Member Lora Harris said.

Governor Quinn will be heading to Washington, D.C. on Tuesday to urge congressional leaders to adopt a stimulus package and bring federal dollars to our state.

"We need the Governor's support in funding higher education," President of AFSME Local 3700 in Urbana Dorinda Miller said.

Despite the state's current budget shortfall, the new governer says re-hiring public employees may be key to ensuring essential services do not fall by the wayside.

"I really feel that we can in Illinois deploy our public employees in a way that is economical but at the same time," Governor Quinn said.

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