Quinn’s final week in office: Prospects uncertain for special session

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Gov. Pat Quinn | AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File

Gov. Pat Quinn enters his final week in office with a speech and special session on the agenda, but it’s unclear how hard lawmakers and leaders will work with the Democrat on a possible special election or other issues.

Quinn has called legislators to Springfield Thursday. He wants legislation for a special election to replace late Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka. Senate President John Cullerton supports the idea, but House Speaker Michael Madigan says it’s an executive branch issue.

On Tuesday, Quinn addresses the City Club of Chicago, where he has floated new ideas previously.

Aside from a flurry of weekend appearances, Quinn hasn’t been out much since losing the November election. Aides say Quinn is focused on more than 3,000 clemency petitions.

Republican Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner takes office Jan. 12.


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