Highlights from the Gov. Quinn's budget speech
SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Pat Quinn outlined a $62.4 billion budget Wednesday that he called the "most difficult" he's had to propose. The Chicago Democrat didn't mention many specifics but his proposal includes steep cuts along with some spending increases. Here are the highlights:
The focal point of Quinn's speech was that lawmakers' inaction on the roughly $100 billion pension problem strains spending in other areas and led to cuts. While Quinn has made pensions his top priority for months, his speech to lawmakers took a sharper tone than before. "If I could issue an Executive Order to resolve the pension crisis, I would. And I would have done it a long time ago," he said. "... It's time for you to legislate."
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