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Quinn: 'Squeezy' pension video viewed 20,000 times

This campaign image provided by Illinois Go. Pat Quinn's office shows a cartoon snake named "Squeezy the Pension Python" who coils around the State Capitol as part of Quinn's new online campaign to get Illinoisans excited about pension reform. The campaign inspired mock Web pages and criticism from unions, lawmakers and the Twitterverse. But some social media experts, and a few fellow Democrats, called it an innovative approach to a complex issue that could work in Quinn's favor. That is, if the Chicago Democrat can capitalize on the spike in attention and overcome the parody. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Gov. Pat Quinn's office)
This campaign image provided by Illinois Go. Pat Quinn's office shows a cartoon snake named "Squeezy the Pension Python" who coils around the State Capitol as part of Quinn's new online campaign to get Illinoisans excited about pension reform. The campaign inspired mock Web pages and criticism from unions, lawmakers and the Twitterverse. But some social media experts, and a few fellow Democrats, called it an innovative approach to a complex issue that could work in Quinn's favor. That is, if the Chicago Democrat can capitalize on the spike in attention and overcome the parody. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Gov. Pat Quinn's office)

CHICAGO – 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 borders on corny at times, including images of the orange serpent, "Squeezy the Pension Python." The Chicago 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.

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