As Mark was working today, it was up to me to get all 3 kids ready for the press conference (see previous post) with Gov. Quinn on the cuts proposed for Human Services in IL. It just so happened to fall during a previously scheduled developmental therapy (DT) with the amazing Ms. Judy. She stopped by just before we headed out to give me an extra hand. As both Soph and Alexander have colds, and it was over lunch time, her help was a blessing.
We loaded the CRoutan and made it on time, even riding a shuttle from the parking lot to the site. The place was packed with a sea of red supporters. The kids were AWESOME the whole time. Judy was an angel, hanging out with us and our friends Bethany and her son Jeffrey from Sophie's DSC developmental playgroup and his big brother Mark. We had a concrete floor picnic for the oldest kids while the youngest kids rode in style in their strollers. Helena slept through the whole thing. I think the roaring crowd was a bit much for her.
The turnout was amazing and the speakers were great, as usual. This is a wonderful community and I believe we made an impact on the governor. I guess we'll know soon enough as there is a special session next week.
Below should be local tv coverage of the press conference. If the embedded video doesn't work, click here.
Here's a short video of the energized crowd before the press conference started.