Quinn calls for progressive policies with veto-proof majorities

November 7, 2012

(WBEZ/Tony Arnold)
Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn talks to reporters the day after Democrats picked up numerous seats for the State Senate and the State House.

Illinois’ Democratic Governor Pat Quinn is celebrating his party’s big wins in this week’s election. Democrats picked up several state Senate and state House seats, giving them a veto-proof majority in both chambers. Some Democrats picked up seats in traditionally Republican areas of the state.

Quinn said Wednesday that the new majority will allow for what he calls progressive and overdue policies.

“I think it’s important to see that the Democratic Party made great inroads in suburban communities, and I think that’s healthy for our democracy in Illinois. It’s not just one party in one part of our state,” he said.

Quinn reiterated his call for legislators to tackle the state’s pension system, which is the worst funded in the country.

Legislative leaders have said they plan to address the $83 billion in unfunded pension obligations in January, which would occur in a lame duck session before the new legislators are sworn in.