SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn asked for an extra month to craft a budget plan, but instead he got a stiff reminder that state lawmakers aren’t waiting for him to fix Illinois’ massive budget shortfall.
Quinn has promised a “five-year blueprint,” but said he can’t unveil his plan at the Feb. 19 budget address. The Democratic governor wants to wait until late March.
That’s fine with the state’s most powerful Democratic lawmaker, House Speaker Mike Madigan, D-Chicago. He’ll let Quinn sit on the sidelines.
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