Powerful Latino Community Group Calls on Governor to Resign

January 1, 2009

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Just hours after Blagojevich decided to fill Illinois' vacant senate seat, the United Neighborhood Organization strung a 40-foot banner across one of its charter schools on the city's southwest side.

 

RANGEL: It's a replica of the infamous “mission accomplished” banner behind President Bush. But in this case our banner reads, “Governor Blagojevich: Mission not accomplished.” And it's hanging in front of our unfinished school.

 

Juan Rangel is UNO's CEO. Rangel is still mad Blagojevich vetoed $4 million last year that was slated for the school's construction. He says the governor's recent actions …raise questions about other decisions he's made.   

 

RANGEL: He's capricious in his decision making and reckless, and it hurts very real people. In this case, it hurts children.

 

Kids at UNO's Veteran's Memorial campus have been holding gym in the hallways since construction of their gymnasium was halted.

 

When asked about the budget cut, a spokesperson for the governor blamed lawmakers for passing an unbalanced budget Blagojevich had to fix.