Quinn storms the floor

Quinn storms the floor

Posted by JP on Tue, 05/25/2010 - 17:21
House Republican leader Tom Cross was berating Democrats for being irresponsible with state finances when Gov. Pat Quinn suddenly sprinted into the House, stomped down the center aisle and stood, hands on hips, glaring at Cross. This took place as Republicans led the charge against a plan to borrow $3.7 billion to make pension payments. Quinn and Democrats say borrowing is better than skipping the payment, which will incur billions in interest over future years. In the end, two Republicans voted for the proposal, but it still came up a vote short because two Democrats -- including Marengo's Jack Franks -- voted against it. However, the other Democrat -- Chicago's David Miller -- appears to be reconsidering his opposition and the proposal is being positioned for another try. Seeing that, House Republicans demanded a closed-door caucus meeting among GOP members to try to unify their opposition. UPDATE: Here's the Daily Herald local roll call: Here’s how Illinois House members from the Daily Herald circulation area voted on a plan that would have the state borrow $3.7 billion to make the required pension payment. Supporters say it’s better than skipping the payment because skipping could cost as much as $20 billion in interest payments before the state catches up whereas borrowing will cost $1 billion in interest over 8 years. The plan was voted down 70-46. It needed 71 votes for approval and is being positioned for another vote Tuesday night. Local lawmakers voting “yes”: Linda Chapa-LaVia, Aurora Democrat Fred Crespo, Hoffman Estates Democrat Paul Froehlich, Schaumburg Democrat Emily McAsey, Lockport Democrat Elaine Nekritz, Northbrook Democrat Carol Sente, Vernon Hills Democrat Mark Walker, Arlington Heights Democrat Eddie Washington, Waukegan Democrat Local lawmakers voting “no” Suzanne "Suzie" Bassi, Palatine Republican Mark H. Beaubien Jr., Barrington Hills Republican Robert A. "Bob" Biggins, Elmhurst Republican Franco Coladipietro, Bloomingdale Republican Sandy Cole, Grayslake Republican Michael Connelly, Lisle Republican Tom Cross, Oswego Republican (House Republican leader) Keith Farnham, Elgin Democrat Mike Fortner, West Chicago Republican Jack D. Franks, Woodstock Democrat Kay Hatcher, Yorkville Republican Sidney H. Mathias, Buffalo Grove Republican Rosemary Mulligan, Des Plaines Republican JoAnn Osmond, Antioch Republican Sandra M. Pihos, Glen Ellyn Republican Randy Ramey, Carol Stream Republican Dennis Reboletti, Elmhurst Republican Angelo "Skip" Saviano, Elmwood Park Republican Timothy L. Schmitz, Batavia Republican Darlene Senger, Naperville Republican Ed Sullivan Jr., Mundelein Republican Michael Tryon, Crystal Lake Republican Source: House roll call, SB 3514
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