This is good reporting of Gov. Quinn’s bad day at the fair on Wednesday, but the lede is in the middle, I think. Namely:
“I inherited a lot of problems that I didn’t create, but I’m here to repair and resolve them, reform them. And there may be some people perhaps in this audience even who aren’t pleased with some of those decisions, but I want to ask the people of Illinois today: Do you think it’s right that in 1992, some state worker who retired on a $60,000 pension — that’s 1992 and a $60,000 pension — that 20 years later, under the current pension rules that need to be reformed, that very same person is getting $120,000 from the taxpayers?
“I think most taxpayers and parents in Illinois, particularly those who are concerned about education, want to make sure we invest more money in education of our children and our students in Illinois than we put into the pension piggyback for retired state workers,” he said.
To be followed by an adaptation of the actual lede, noting that what he said was rendered inaudible to his live audience by the heckling and available only later only to sound-feed recipients among the press:
Union members heckled him while he ate his State Fair favorite for lunch: pork on a stick. A plane flew overhead towing a banner blasting him as anti-worker. A labor leader was stumped on whether he was a better governor than the disgraced Rod Blagojevich.
My lede would have put focus on issues rather than (in this case) bully-boy and -girl tactics by public-employee unions AFSCME, teachers’ Ill. Ed. Assn., state AFL-CIO, and others — which I find disgusting, but that’s another matter.