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Quinn: Daley Shouldn't Get Involved in State Budget Stalemate

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Illinois Lieutenant Governor Pat Quinn says Chicago’s mayor shouldn’t try to referee the ongoing battle over the state budget.

QUINN: He’s working on his own budget, the city budget, and I have a great deal of respect for the Mayor’s efforts there. But when it comes to state government, those of us who are elected state-wide, especially the governor who is the quarterback, we got to get the problem solved at our level. So trying to bring in other people from other places, I don’t think is the way to get to heaven.

Quinn was reacting to statements made by Governor Rod Blagojevich earlier this week. Blagojevich called on Mayor Richard Daley to pressure House Speaker Michael Madigan to cooperate on a final budget. An ongoing feud between Blagojevich and Madigan has stalled progress on school funding and a capitol spending bill. The governor has called the legislature into special session next week to work towards solutions for next year’s budget.

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