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|Second Part of Veto Session Starts Tuesday
|Gov. Pat Quinn hopes lawmakers will "roll up our sleeves" and get a lot done during the second week of the fall Veto Session which begins Wednesday.
On the list of items Quinn would like to tackle: campaign finance reform, and budget issues. "There's so much work to do, there's so many challenges and so we just have to really roll up our sleeves and get a lot done," Quinn said. "I hope we can come to a lot of good, positive outcomes for reforms that are overdue."
Quinn says his office has been talking with the legislative leaders and believes a good budget will be the final outcome.
On campaign finance reform, Quinn says there are still "more discussions going on," but hopes that legislative leaders can "get to heaven" on the issue. Quinn says he believes in limits on contributors, but says that would be a tough task as the state would have to look at all the laws as interpreted by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Quinn is also waiting for lawmakers to uphold his amendatory veto on legislation that would get rid of the Compensation Review Board. He used his power to add language that would ban cost-of-living raises. Lawmakers could choose to take up that issue or leave it on the shelf.
After a legislative leaders meeting Tuesday, Quinn announced that he intends to borrow $1 billion on the free market in order to keep Illinois afloat through the rest of Fiscal Year 2010. That money would help pay a backlog of bills, as well as fund the Monetary Award Program, which helps low-income college students with tuition payments. That borrowing does not require approval from the Legislature.
(Illinois Radio Network)
|10 28 09 by Newsroom
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