CHICAGO—Governor Pat Quinn hoped to spark a grass roots initiative for state pension reform during a news conference Sunday.
Instead, he's been widely criticized for what he said, the incomplete website he introduced and a video featuring Squeezy the Pension Python.
The video and the his words about the "people of Illinois good and true" were meant to fulfill his promise to create a grass roots marketing plan after a failed special session to address pension reform in August.
The new website www.thisismyillinois.com is not quite complete and critics say it does not offer a definitive plan on solving the pension crisis.
Quinn is encouraging taxpayers to post their ideas on Facebook and Twitter.
The announcement by Quinn has been called "juvenille" by one state lawmaker. A labor union called it "not a real solution." However, House republican leader Tom Cross called it a positive step.