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Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn

Editorial: This is no time for Republican legislators to delay reforms

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With a little more than two weeks to go in Illinois’ legislative session, there’s talk that some Republicans are trying to delay major reforms in hopes of getting more leverage.

Don’t do it.

This is a rare moment in Springfield. Lawmakers, led by Gov. Pat Quinn, have rolled up their sleeves to tackle an out-of-control budget. Quinn has moved so far to the middle that even his normal adversaries in the business community are rallying around him.

For example, Doug Whitley, president of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, said of Quinn: “He’s coming across as being a solid guy who’s interested in getting the state’s problems fixed.”

On Monday morning, Quinn urged business leaders in Chicago to join his “rescue operation” to reform Medicaid and public pensions. We hope they, and all lawmakers, were listening.

Delaying action past the legislative deadline was a favorite tactic of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

But guess what? When the dust settled, he never gained a thing to show for it.

Apart from not wanting to walk in Blagojevich’s footsteps, lawmakers should understand that now is the time to seize the moment.

Illinois is at a crossroads. Let’s march our state forward in the right direction.

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