I don’t recall any real discussion on the legal impact of HJR 45. My take is that it gives the negotiators, especially the Governor, a clear message that it is the General Assembly’s intent that the contract should follow the constraints outlined in the resolution. Since resolutions don’t have the force of law, the negotiators could ignore HJR 45 and enter into a contract that goes beyond the scope of the resolution. However, presuming the resolution passes, that wouldn’t be smart on Quinn’s part. I would expect the solons would use the resolution as the moral authority for not funding the terms of the contract. Am I missing something?