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2 Wisconsin senators appear with Jesse Jackson

CHICAGO (AP) -- Two Wisconsin senators who fled the state have appeared in Chicago with civil rights leaders the Rev. Jesse Jackson, urging Gov. Scott Walker to negotiate with workers.

Democratic state senators Chris Larson and Lena Taylor spoke at a news conference Saturday at Jackson's Rainbow PUSH headquarters on Chicago's South Side. The lawmakers fled the state to block the Republican governor's collective bargaining bill.

Taylor said the senators left because they "needed to slow the bill down." Larson said they "stand strong with the people of Wisconsin."

Jackson says there's a "sense of desperation" in Wisconsin that is spreading across the country.

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