A group of AFSCME union members protested at an event featuring Governor Pat Quinn in Milan, Illinois.
The governor was in Milan to sign a bill allowing pharmacists to offer certain vaccines to children under 14 years of age.
The protesters said they were hoping to call attention to recent cuts in children and family services in the state, including local staff reductions.
“Vulnerable children have to be at the top of the list, because it is your and my future. They have to be,” said Carlene Erno.
Governor Quinn met briefly with protesters, and he promised to call local leaders for the Division of Children and Family Services to see if layoffs are unavoidable.