(Chicago, IL) – June 6, 2011. Repack your bags, lawmakers.
Governor Pat Quinn today said at a press conference that he wants Illinois lawmakers back in Springfield to reauthorize the state’s capitol construction program.
Quinn said the legislature failed to finish their job and pass a spending bill to keep road construction and other projects going past June. He is calling them to return to Springfield to approve the legislation.
The Governor says he will talk to legislative leader about setting a date for the special session.
Key Illinois House lawmakers disagree with Quinn’s decision and say that the state can continue to pay for construction projects six months into the new fiscal year.
“By calling a special a special session—whether he needs to or not—Quinn is flexing gubernatorial muscle to demonstrate his relevance to lawmakers who mostly ignored his legislative agenda this year,” said a top Democrat lobbyist.
Listen to Quinn’s comments: