Governor should apologize for "insensitive, offensive" remarks on slavery

The We Are One Illinois coalition issued the following statement:

“We are shocked and disturbed by Governor Quinn’s recent comments to the Associated Press that compared his efforts to enact unfair and unconstitutional pension legislation to one of the greatest moral crusades in our nation's history, the struggle to abolish slavery.

“Governor Quinn's continued use of over-the-top rhetoric is not helpful to the effort develop a comprehensive fix to our pension shortfall. His careless comparison of slavery to the policy debate over pensions is insensitive, offensive and wrong.

“The We Are One Illinois coalition calls on Governor Quinn to apologize for his remarks and then start showing true leadership on the pension issue. We hope the governor will join us in developing a plan that is fair to the workers and retirees who paid into the system and ensures adequate funding for state services going forward.”

The coalition also made substantive new remarks on the Governor's continued push for pension cuts.