Springfield (AP) -- Illinois Gov.
Pat Quinn is giving himself a little breathing room on proposing a state
The Democrat signed legislation Tuesday that delays until March 6 his
annual address to a joint session of the General Assembly.
State law required him to propose by Wednesday a budget for the fiscal
year that begins July 1. But he would have had the ear of only half the
Legislature. The House is in session Springfield
this week, but the Senate isn't.
The law has been changed in each of the three previous years to
accommodate changes in budget scheduling.
Quinn will likely focus on the still-unsolved public-employee pension
crisis. The state also has $9 billion in overdue bills.