WALTONVILLE, IL (KFVS) - Governor Pat Quinn was in southern Illinois Monday to talk about the drought effects in Illinois.
But some protestors got him a little side-tracked.
The Department of Correction employees caught wind of the governor's trip to southern Illinois late Friday night.
They immediately began planning to confront the governor about his decision to put more than 1,200 of them out of work at the end of next month.
The IDOC employees gathered at the city park in Waltonville along with some of the southern Illinois legislators.
AFSCME union members say they didn't want to argue with the governor, but they simply wanted to ask him why he's going forward with the closure of Tamms, IYC in Murphysboro and the adult transition center in Carbondale.
They even waited outside the farm where Gov. Quinn was originally scheduled to speak about the drought relief program.
At the last minute the governor's people moved the new conference five miles outside of town in the middle of some fields.
"I'm going to stick to that decision. Obviously there are some who disagree with it and I honor them and I respect them. But the decision's been made and the institutions will be closed. And it has to be," said Gov. Quinn.
"Why were here today while the governor of Illinois is coming to southern Illinois to talk about the crops drying up, which is truly something horrible we see in our region," said Randy Hellmann, president of Local 943. "We also have something else drying up that's jobs in southern Illinois. That's watching our people we work with each and everyday be threatened for their livelihood. And this is wrong."
The guards say that the violence between inmates on inmates is increasing since the announcement of Tamms to be shutdown.
In Pinckneyville they are on a level one lockdown after several inmates jumped another one and slicing his stomach open on Sunday.
One other thing that Hellmann says he's worried about is as the Tamms prisoners get transferred to other facilities that some of the inmates with life sentences are being transferred to medium security facilities like the one he works at in Pinckneyville.