Illinois Observer finds AFSCME’s protest of Quinn (and Durbin’s) High Speed rail rollout a dud.
Illinois AFSCME Council 31’s pressure on Quinn so far has failed to force the governor to back down on either his layoff plans, with the exception of DCFS, or his pension reform plans. AFSCME’s campaign has also not galvanized solid, global opposition to Quinn. And the news media, which has now grown accustomed to the protests, may now be tuning out the union’s message.
If AFSCME sought to embarrass Quinn on Friday, it failed.
If AFSCME seeks more broadly to run Quinn out on a rail and win both news media attention and public sympathy for its demands through the protests, it may be failing on that score, too.
Where’s all those Occupy Protestors when you need ‘em? Prairie State Blue goes silent on the protests too. Nary a word written.