More than 10,000 union members and supporters swarmed the State Capitol in here to protest proposed changes to teacher's pensions and to respond to the recent assault on unions in Wisconsin.
The Republican plan sets a dangerous precedent by rejecting revenue increases while proposing the largest single-year cuts in history.
Twenty leading national Latino organizations have come together to oppose growing attacks against the rights of workers in Wisconsin and other states.
"With our broken system, we cannot ensure justice is achieved in every case," Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn said.
Presidential and popular support for public workers was not the only bad polling news the right wing has to deal with today.
House Republicans are seeking large cuts in domestic programs for the rest of this fiscal year - including 21 percent from the Labor Department - and they promise more to come next year.
The federal program that has helped hundreds of thousands of workers get back on their feet after their jobs went overseas could soon disappear due to an error by Congress.
The current minimum wage at $8.25, which went into effect in July, would be boosted by 50 cents plus the rate of inflation annually until it reaches the historic $10.
Democrats introduced into Congress a bill to extend unemployment benefits to the long-term unemployed and challenged Republicans to "bring this to a vote as soon as possible."
The gathering was the latest in a series of actions Quan has initiated as part of her goal to be a "people's mayor."