Gov. Rod Blagojevich slashed $48 million from the secretary of state's budget. In response, Secretary of State Jesse White froze wages and is taking other cost-cutting measures including layoffs.
Now, taxpayers visiting secretary of state facilities are being asked by state employees to sign a petition opposing the cuts.
The petition is addressed to Blagojevich and says the cuts will seriously damage the quality and efficiency of a vital public service.
The governor's office says the movement is a waste of official time. Other say they see nothing wrong with the petitions.
Union Local 73 represents the employees, and Local 73 President Christine Boardman says she plans to present the petitions to the governor within two weeks.