The Illinois legislature, while granting Gov. Pat Quinn’s request to push back his budget speech five weeks, vowed to start on a budget without him.
The governor was asked his thoughts about this during a Springfield event Tuesday, the day before the 205th anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln. Quinn used the opportunity to tap into his inner history teacher.
“We always have to keep on working,” Quinn said. “It says in our Constitution, ‘to form a more perfect union.’ We’re never perfect. We always have to keep on working to higher ideals and aspirations. I think that’s one of the lessons that Abraham Lincoln taught us when he was here on Earth: that democracy is something all of us are involved in.”
Quinn chose not to comment on political coercion and sexual harassment allegations against a Republican candidate for governor, state Treasurer Dan Rutherford. “I don’t know much about the facts, so I’m not going to venture any opinion,” Quinn said.