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Walker Greeted by Protesters in Michigan, Illinois

Embattled Gov. Scott Walker went on the road this week, appearing at events in Troy, MI, and Springfield, IL. At each venue, he was confronted by hundreds of angry protesters.

Political protests that have become the norm in Wisconsin followed Gov. Scott Walker to Michigan and Illinois on Tuesday.

He started the day in Springfield, IL, where he addressed the Illinois Chamber of Commerce. Outside the event, hundreds of people protested the governor's appearance. 

They held up 20-foot-tall inflatable rats, according to The Associated Press, and the State Journal-Register said the protesters had a giant cutout of Walker with a sign saying "Don't Badger Me." 

Shelley Brown, an unemployed Decatur, IL, woman told the State Journal-Register:

“Scott Walker is a union buster, and he signs laws that are against women’s rights. He’s trouble. We don’t need him in Illinois. He did enough in Wisconsin.”

Inside, he was met with standing ovations.

After the event, Walker told reporters he considered the Springfield event a stop on the campaign trail leading up to his June recall election. From the SJ-R:

Walker told reporters later his stop in Springfield was “absolutely” a campaign event aimed at showing Wisconsin voters what they could look forward to if they oust him from office in a recall election set for June 5.

“If voters in our state want to know the difference forward or backwards, they need only to use the mess that you have in state government here in Springfield to know what it would be like if the recall were to prevail,” Walker told reporters.

And from NBC: Walker predicted he would win the recall, then invoked Lincoln, another controversial politician who had “the courage to move the state forward.”

Walker moved on from Springfield to Troy, MI, where he was met with a similar scene.

Protesters in Springfield and Troy were upset about the Walker administration's elimination of collective bargaining. In Troy, many were particularly upset at what they saw as an assault on education.

Patch reported:

"I'm concerned about the erosion of my profession," said Novi teacher Chandra Madafferi in Troy. "When you strip away collective bargaining rights, you're taking away things like class size, calendar, working conditions – other things besides wages and benefits.

"My concern is that people won't go into teaching because they can't support their families. When the quality of teachers go down, the kids suffer."

Walker is due to speak in Deerfield, IL, on Friday. 

Bucky April 22, 2012 at 11:06 AM
Greg , then maybe you can get a job for $10 's an hour.
Bucky April 22, 2012 at 11:13 AM
Is the WESEAL ever in the state ?
morninmist April 22, 2012 at 12:10 PM
Well Hoffa--Your ASSumptions just make you silly. Only in your ideology does "We already know.." exist Your sense of humor has got up and went. ................. James R Hoffa 4:13 pm on Saturday, April 21, 2012 @morninmist - The funniest thing is your hypocrisy. We already know that your side would much rather see Walker in a foreign made non-union labor built Toyota Prius as opposed to an American union labor built SUV. Yes, my friends, there is no true solidarity and brotherhood on morninmist's side - only hypocrisy and greed!
Ron Abalone April 22, 2012 at 05:04 PM
hoffa says he drives a Caddy. Union-made, government bailout/buyout GM. Well, perhaps the Caddy was made pre-bailout, or maybe it is pre-1936, before the UAW came on the scene. Suggest a non-union but U.S. made Toyota Camry. Well, though, you have those damn Asians running that company, so maybe a U.S. non-union built BMW at their massive "screw the UAW" plant in S. Carolina, a state with a history, culture, and political bias hoffa probably likes a lot. That's it, BMW, and Teutonic people owning it.
James R Hoffa April 22, 2012 at 07:52 PM
@Ron - You mess with Hoffa's Caddies, and your gonna get the horns son! I uploaded a couple pics of my '96 Cadillac Eldorado Touring Coupe (ETC), which was built with pride by the UAW in Hamtramck, Michigan, USA. Parked next to your Toyota Corolla or morninmist's Prius, and Hoffa makes both Ron and morninmist look like they're playing in the kiddie pool! Try again big fellas!

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