Via Meadia has talked about Illinois Governor Pat Quinn before as one of the blue-state democrats forced by fiscal reality to take on blue orthodoxy. Last month, Quinn announced new proposals that would increase state employee contributions to benefit plans, lower increases in pension payouts, and raise the age at which workers become eligible for pensions. Unions, unsurprisingly, opposed the proposal, but thus far they have been relatively muted in their attacks, which have been limited to press statements.Now the unions are changing their tack, releasing a series of television ads attacking the governor’s plans as an unfair attempt to plunder their life savings. State unions, they claim, offered numerous proposals of their own to adjust pensions and help balance the budget, but the governor ignored them. (The union plans, it should be noted, were considerably less harsh on workers, plugging budget holes mostly through a tax increase that the State Journal-Register described as “dead on arrival.”)This will hardly be the first time that unions have campaigned against a sitting Democratic governor, especially one seen as hostile to unions. What is new, however, is the level of animosity between two erstwhile coalition partners. This blue civil war is one of the most significant political changes of this generation. If recent news is any guide, the war will only get hotter.