Illinois Gov. Quinn honors life of Cesar Chavez

CHICAGO – Gov. Pat Quinn is honoring the life of Cesar Chavez, the activist whose personal story is the subject of a new film.

Quinn on Friday encouraged Illinois residents to learn about Chavez and the causes he championed. The Chicago Democrat also declared Monday Cesar Chavez day in Illinois.

Chavez was a cotton picker and U.S. Navy veteran who formed the United Farm Workers and led a fight for fair wages and civil rights.

Quinn said he’ll always remember meeting Chavez in 1974. He says the Mexican-American activist’s message of “juntos podemos” – which translates to “together we can” – has stayed with him.

Quinn said the new film, titled “Cesar Chavez,” reminds people of the value of service and that “history is made one painful step at a time.”