Dear Governor Rauner,
Let me introduce myself, my name is Patrick pronounced with the Atrick, (sorry I'm a sucker for Digital Underground). Anyway there's a few things that we need to discuss.
I've been a loyal, hard working State of Illinois employee for 21 years. I make a middle class salary that supports my wife and two daughters. You claim that you are for the middle class, but recent behavior on your part suggests that you are ready to lay off or lock out 30,000 plus middle class workers and I really wonder why that is?
I mentioned that I've been a loyal employee, but I should probably expand on that. I'm a child abuse investigator for DCFS. I've routinely seen things that few people have the stomach for and fewer still have the emotional capability to handle. Horrible things Governor, death, broken bones, sexual assault. Things that people don't want to admit exist, much less see and investigate.
I'm not pretending that I have the toughest job in the state. I know that all State employees have their difficult days. People don't realize that we work for children, elderly, poor, and disabled people. We protect your highways through the State Police and we build your highways through the DoT.
You, Governor Rauner have vilified State Employees. You routinely belittle what we do with hare brained schemes like trying to hire back retirees to replace us. You demean our dedication and service to the public. We're not the problem, sir.
I'm sure you know, sir, that all State Employee's salary combined makes up 7 % of the State of Illinois budget. 7% of a 31 billion dollar operating budget is 2.17 billion. Your personal wealth is rumored to be over a billion dollars perhaps as much as the 2.17 that all state employees make.
You have lost your ability to empathize with common people. You said publicly that you would debate anyone any time regarding your economic plan. As evidenced by your dodging debate with Representative Mike Smiddy you've shown you're all hat and no cattle with regards to challenging people to debate.
Maybe it was an empty promise or maybe you felt that Smiddy would be polished enough to clean your clock. So here's the thing, I will challenge you to a debate. I'm a common man. I have a mortgage and debts and I make a middle class wage. I'm no orator and I'm no politician. I will give you the respect your office deserves if you will give me the common decency my service deserves.
My job is difficult but I love it. All of us love it. We love working for the people of the State of Illinois. We're not greedy, we're not lazy, we're not dumb. We love our state. We love serving the people. I'd love to have this debate in person and I hope you take me up on my offer.
Patrick Perion AKA Quad City Pat