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|Frustration Mounting in Springfield as Illinois Budget Deadline Arrives
|Governor Pat Quinn now has the chance to sign the road-and-building plan the House and Senate passed, but State Representative Lou Lang (D-Skokie) announced Monday he was withdrawing the "motions to reconsider" he'd placed on the bills in the package, effectively freezing them.
Lang says he acts in hopes that Quinn will fulfill his promise to sign the legislation. Lang put the bills into limbo after Quinn backed away from his promise and instead said he would make the capital plan contingent on an operating budget.
Quinn's performance is drawing comparisons to that of his predecessor, Rod Blagojevich, and the reviews are not all good.
Representative Frank Mautino (D-Spring Valley), a member of the majority leadership team, praises Quinn: "There's a lot more that he's open about and willing to do. (Quinn understands) the need for new revenue - you can't cut your way out of this."
But a member of House Republican leadership, State Representative David Leitch (R-Peoria), is surprised Quinn has not been better at helping pull the state from its financial mess: "It requires a lot of cooperation, and a lot of thoughts from different constituencies to put together some solutions, but none of that kind of thinking has occurred."
And House Minority Leader Tom Cross (R-Oswego) complains Quinn is too unpredictable: "Is he going to veto things? Is he going to sign them? We really don't know what he is going to do."
Tuesday is the deadline for the general assembly to approve a new state budget. The new fiscal year begins Wednesday.
(Illinois Radio Network)
|06 29 09 by Newsroom
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