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|Will Republicans Support Pension Borrowing?
|Will they or won't they? That's the question being asked by Gov. Pat Quinn, who wants lawmakers to return to Springfield to approve a pension borrowing plan.
But State Sen. Bill Brady (R-Bloomington), the Republican candidate for governor, says his party won't support putting the financial burden on future generations.
He criticized Quinn for not addressing budget issues. "He has to stand up and do the responsible thing," Brady said. "He's gallivanting around the state signing bill after bill when the No. 1 one focus is balancing a budget, living within our means so we can begin sending a message that we're serious about bringing jobs through private sector business investment, back to the state. His unwillingness, his incompetence, his inability to deliver what the Constitution provides for, a balanced budget, is hurting Illinois families."
Meanwhile, Quinn says he will balance the budget but claims he hasn't even received it from the General Assembly yet. He has again called on Republicans in the Senate to "do the right thing" and support the borrowing.
A spokeswoman for Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago) has said that Cullerton would not call lawmakers back to Springfield unless there was guaranteed Republican support, something Brady says won't happen.
Asked about calling a special session to try to negotiate with Republican lawmakers, Quinn says he would rather lawmakers work it out without him calling them back to the Capitol.
The proposed borrowing plan has already passed in the House.
(Illinois Radio Network)
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