In Chicago, the demand was for Republican Gov. Rauner to "stop killing us" and to facilitate the passage of a budget that prioritizes poor and working families.
Illinois is entering its tenth month without a budget; Rauner has refused to sign one without legislators agreeing to his drastic "turnaround agenda" that rolls back worker rights.
Rauner also failed to deny reports that he is considering calling on the Illinois National Guard to replace state workers in the event of a lockout or strike.
Members of Chicago Jobs with Justice as well as Jobs to Move America coalesced in downtown Chicago to declare their support for a worker fired in retaliation for whistleblowing.
The two cases show that unions can defend their pensions - pensions which often make up for artificially lowered pay.
Rauner intends to hurt "the men and women who do the real work of state government."
Campus workers are on strike at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign after months of contract negotiations with the university's administration yielded little results.
In what he termed "the most difficult budget" in the state's history, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn on March 6, called for deep cuts in a wide range of social programs.
The other shoe - the legal one - has dropped in Wal-Mart's constant low pay and bad benefits for its workers.
In a spirited act of civil disobedience, 14 clergy, labor and community leaders were arrested for blocking access to Walmart's midwestern distribution centerin Elwood, Ill.