Quinn faces many challenges as Governor of Illinois


Governor Pat Quinn has inherited a budget deficit and tarnished state image among other problems from the previous administration.

Quinn's administration has been running at full tilt since he was sworn in as governor. Quinn is juggling a myriad of issues not the least of which is the state's $2-billion budget deficit and other problems left over from Rod Blagojevich.

"I think the first concern is we have to get the budget obviously under control," said Senator Larry Bomke, R-Springfield. "Governor Quinn doesn't know yet how out of balance it is and it may take him a little time to get the answer to that."

Unlike the previous administration, Quinn says he wants to state leaders to work as a team.

"It's a shared challenge that we all have," said Rikeesha Phelon, spokesperson for the Senate President. "The state faces a tremendous fiscal crisis and that's why President Cullerton is really looking forward to meeting with Governor Quinn this week so that we can address some of those issues."

"He's very easy going," Senator Bomke said. "He's easy to work with. I've served on a commission with him. I like him so I think he will be amiable. He'll want to work with both Republicans and Democrats and we're going to give him a lot of slack because we recognize that he's inherited a significant problem."

As Quinn makes his rapid transition to power, members of Rod Blagojevich's staff have  been told to keep working as the details of the new administration are worked out, but it appears as if Blagojevich himself does not qualify for unemployment benefits since elected officials don't pay into the state unemployment fund.

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