Firefighters Say…”Elect Quinn”

Citing Governor Quinn’s longtime support of firefighters and their families, the Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois (AFFI) and the Chicago Firefighters IAFF Local #2 endorsed Governor Quinn on Thursday for the Nov. 2 General Election.

“Governor Quinn is the leader Illinois needs. He’s proven that he is committed to helping Illinois working families and preserving public safety in our state,” said Pat Devaney, President of Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois. “We support him 100 percent in this election, because he supports us.”

While Governor Quinn has proven he is committed to protecting public safety, Senator Brady has called for massive cuts that would devastate our public safety, lay off fire fighters, hurt our state’s economy, and result in more than 100,000 lost jobs, many in the private sector.

“Fire fighters show us what bravery and selflessness mean every single day. Their efforts in ensuring our safety do not go unrecognized.” Governor Quinn said. “I’m honored and humbled to receive the endorsement of such an admirable group of men and women, and I promise to fight for them every day.”

Governor Pat Quinn was sworn into office less than 20 months ago, inheriting severe economic and fiscal crises.  Since then, his administration has worked with private sector employers to assemble more than 70 investment packages to create and retain jobs in Illinois, and signed into law the state’s first infrastructure improvements plan in 10 years.  He has also cut a record $3 billion in spending from our state’s budget, and implemented historic reform legislation, including the addition of a gubernatorial recall provision to the November 2010 ballot.

The AFFI represents more than 200 locals and 15,000 full-time professional firefighters and retired members throughout the state of Illinois.  It joins other major Illinois labor groups in their support of Governor Quinn, including the AFL-CIO, International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Service Employees International Union, and the Illinois Education Association.

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