Wisconsin lawmakers are hiding out in Rockford, IL, giving local news crews there an opportunity to go one-on-one with those at the center of a political controversy that is gaining national attention.

Fourteen Democratic lawmakers fled Wisconsin this week in protest of Republican Governor Scott Walker‘s budget proposal, which, among other things, would limit the bargaining rights of those employed by the state.

“We hit the road,” Senate Minority Leader Mark Miller told WTVO reporter Alex Shabad. “This was not planned in advance.”

Shabad was able to catch up with a handful of the lawmakers as they stayed at a Best Western in Rockford.

“We felt by doing this, we’re delaying a vote and people will have more time to talk about the bill,” Senator Jim Holperin explained to Shabad (video here). Read more