Thursday was Republican Day at the Illinois State Fair, and the state's GOP leaders repeatedly chastised House Speaker Michael Madigan for putting Chicago interests ahead of downstate's. Will election politics get in the way of a deal Friday afternoon on pensions? Paris Schutz spoke with Republicans in advance of Friday's special session on pension reform.
He asked Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno if Gov. Pat Quinn had given her any details about Friday's 10:00 am leadership meeting. She responds in the following video:
House Minority Leader Tom Cross delivered some of his strongest language yet on pension reform:
And Paris asked Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, who is in charge of paying the state's bills, what she thinks needs to be accomplished Friday. Here's what she had to say: