Though Downstate voters have been credited with sealing Blagojevich's 2002 nomination for governor, the region is considered vulnerable for him out of a belief that his administration is too focused on Chicago.
Underscoring potential problems for Blagojevich, the GOP fundraiser was attended by regional officials for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 31, which represents 10,000 state workers, primarily among the many state prisons in the area.
Buddy Maupin, the union's regional director, said his members were foremost looking for a candidate for governor who has "respect for the value of their work." Asked if Blagojevich had provided that respect, Maupin said, "Opinions vary."
Sunday, April 17, 2005
Trib on Republican Gov forum in Vienna
Note this in today's Trib. They sound like LaHood's kind of people.