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|Worker's Comp and Legislative Maps Priorties for Quinn
|(IRN)-Illinois' spring legislative session is winding down, and with just a few weeks to go lawmakers still have a lot of big ticket items to consider.
One such proposal is one of Governor Pat Quinn's top priorities: workers' compensation reform. Quinn says his plan is the best plan, and has introduced it to both chambers. He did not specify what was wrong with a Senate Republican-backed measure that failed earlier this month.
"It didn't get enough votes, obviously," he says. "There's a lot of different interests when you try to pass a bill, if you try to tilt one way and don't think of other folks sometimes you don't get enough votes."
Quinn says his plan aims to save Illinois businesses roughly $500 million a year.
One of the governor's other priorities is approval of a new, fair, legislative map. Lawmakers have presided over hearings in both chambers for the past few weeks to take testimony about what the new maps, which are redrawn every ten years, should look like.
"We want to make sure we don't have lines drawn that look like they were drawn by somebody who's majoring in Egyptian hieroglyphics," said Quinn, addressing a gathering at Western Illinois University. "That's happened, I guess, elsewhere. But we don't want that to happen in Illinois."
Many groups have testified before redistricting committees to advocate ideas such as some districts in which 65 percent of residents are ethnic minorities. Some of those ideas propose maps that draw oddly-shaped districts, but Quinn says he places a higher priority on "the common good."
(Source: Illinois Radio Network)
|04 27 11 by Newsroom
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