'Squeezy' pension video viewed 20,000 times

November 28, 2012

The Associated Press

Officials say Gov. Pat Quinn's online pension reform campaign with its cartoon snake mascot has attracted more than 28,000 unique visitors.

He launched the website this month, billing it as a way to rally the public around a pension overhaul since lawmakers haven't come up with a plan.

The site has been criticized for its lighthearted approach, including images of the orange serpent, "Squeezy the Pension Python." The Democrat's office says a video with the cartoon has been viewed 20,000 times.

The campaign involves Facebook and Twitter pages.

On Tuesday, Quinn unveiled a video with educator Salman Khan. He runs a nonprofit academy and has developed thousands of online tutorials.

Illinois has the nation's worst pension problem with a more than $85 billion funding gap.