Thousands of Illinoisans are rallying in Springfield Thursday to press Gov. Bruce Rauner and "his legislative allies" to drop his anti-union Turnaround Agenda and get to the business of running state government.
Labor and religious leaders, policy groups like the Shriver Center on Poverty Law, and state workers and residents who have been affected by the 11-month state budget impasse are taking part in the march and rally in Springfield.
Those speaking at the massive rally are detailing "how Governor Rauner has held funding for critical services hostage until his destructive policy demands are met - demands that would drive down the wages of working people, strip their rights to negotiate together, and make it harder for injured workers to get needed care and compensation."
"Governor Bruce Rauner is hurting Illinois, holding the state hostage in order to pass his own divisive agenda that is harmful to working people. Rauner and his allies need to drop their extreme demands and join with working families to make Illinois work for all," reads an announcement on the rally.
The action has been organized by Illinois Working Together and endorsed by the following grops: Action Now, Alliance for Community Services, Arise Chicago, Brighton Park Neighborhood Council, Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, Chicago Jobs Council, Citizen Action/Illinois, Faith Coalition for the Common Good, Grassroots Collaborative, Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, Illinois Alliance for Retired Americans, Illinois Main Street Alliance, NAACP Illinois State Conference, ONE Northside, Quad Cities Interfaith, Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, SOAR (Steelworker Retirees), and The Rainbow PUSH Coalition.