Tri States Public Radio Staff
Mon August 31, 2009
Quinn Discusses Fall Veto Session
Canton, IL – Illinois' governor is predicting a longer than normal veto session.
Pat Quinn says he might call lawmakers in for at least one extra week this fall. The governor says lawmakers have a lot to deal with.
Quinn hopes to tackle ethics legislation, financial aid for college students, and the state budget. "I am concerned about students who may not have scholarships for the second semester," Quinn says. "We have to fund that. I think we have to invest in education. We want to get some of the federal money that's available in competition for Illinois schools."
He also says something needs to be done to spur the economy. "I think the best thing to have happen for Illinois is for our economy to turn around and put more people back to work," Quinn says. "When they have a job people are able to buy things and pay sales taxes. They have an income that they can pay income taxes on."
"We can't relax right now," says Quinn. "This is a tough economic time."
Quinn wants to be sure there are plenty of jobs for soldiers when they return from overseas. "When our young soldiers come home, I don't want them to have to fight for a job in Illinois," says Quinn. "Part of our effort is to make sure we have jobs for our servicemen and our veterans."