Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Reality Check: Pat Quinn’s News Conference

By Benjamin Yount and Andrew Thomason, Illinois Statehouse News
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn sounded like the statehouse tough guy Tuesday, daring lawmakers to "make my day" by sending him gambling expansion legislation that he has threatened to veto. Quinn hosted his first statehouse news conference in months, on the same day lawmakers returned en masse for the six-day fall veto session.

The governor talked about gaming and Smart Grid legislation, but was vague about the rest of his agenda for the Fall.

Tuesday Quinn threw down the gauntlet to lawmakers considering anything except five new casinos but no slots at horse racing tracks. “They passed their masterpiece on May 31. Bring it on. Make my day. And I’ll be happy to examine that bill and use the power of the governor’s office and the executive branch to send them (a message about) how I feel about their bill,” Quinn said.

Quinn also has been clear about his disdain for the SmartGrid legislation that would allow Commonwealth Edison Co., or ComEd, and Ameren Corp. to raise electricity delivery rates as part of a grid modernization. “Legislators who accept lots and lots of campaign donations from utility companies want to write a law to raise the consumer utility bills for the next decade,” Quinn said.

You can read the Statehouse News full report on Quinn's conference at: http://illinois.statehousenewsonline.com/7048/reality-check-pat-quinns-news-conference/

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