Quinn: Boos Are Part of Public Life
Governor Quinn remains steadfast in his desire to not have much of any political speeches for Governor's Day at the Illinois State Fair. That includes speeches from the governor.
Last year at the State Fair, Quinn was met with boos from members of AFSCME. This year, don't expect a scene like that. Instead, Quinn would rather have all the speeches occur at the Governor's Breakfast at the Crowne Plaza in Springfield on Wednesday. That was the main topic for the Democrat Friday after he helped cut the ribbon to open the State Fair and purchased his ticket.
"I have been in public life in Illinois for quite some time and believe it or not, you do get booed," Quinn (D-Illinois) said.
So is this move a cop out to avoid more booing? We asked that to State Representative, Raymond Poe.
"It sounds like it," Poe (R-Springfield) said. "The unions and everyone else said that wouldn't go on this year so I don't know why they don't go on with their normal program."
Governor's day's Day is also the main day for Democrats. In the past, House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton both attended. Both leaders recently filed a lawsuit against Quinn's veto, eliminating lawmaker salaries because of a lack of action on pension reform.
"I sure hope they can make it down," Quinn said. "I always look forward to talking to them. They are people I like to listen to."
What would Quinn say to them if they showed up?
"I would say, "Hello and welcome to the fair,'" Quinn said.
Quinn was also asked about a bill sitting on his desk that would increase interstate speed limits from 65 to 70 miles per hour. He says they are looking at that bill. He also says implementing a policy of mandatory fire sprinklers in new residential homes needs more review.
Speaker Madigan's spokesperson said he didn't know if Madigan would attend Governor's Day next Wednesday. He says, they have not finalized the schedule.