Wisconsin Senate Democratic Leader Asks Gov. Walker to Meet Him at Illinois-Wisconsin Border

By Staff | March 7, 2011 | 11:08 AM EST

Madison, Wis. (AP) - The leader of the 14 Wisconsin Senate Democrats who fled to Illinois 18 days ago to delay passage of a bill taking away public employees' collective bargaining rights has asked Gov. Scott Walker for a meeting.

Democratic Sen. Mark Miller asks Walker in a letter delivered on Monday for an in-person meeting "as soon as possible to resume negotiations" on how to resolve the impasse over the bill.

Miller also asks Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald to attend the meeting.

Miller says Democrats are "ready and willing to find a reasonable compromise." He asks for the meeting with Walker and Fitzgerald, or their representatives, somewhere near the Wisconsin-Illinois border.

Walker and Fitzgerald's office did not immediately respond to requests for reaction to the invitation.