Will wonders never cease?
Wednesday, Oct 23, 2013
* As we discussed a few months ago, some truly awful investment and spending decisions made by Chicago’s elite financiers on behalf of some of the city’s museums and cultural institutions have put those institutions in very real financial danger.
Also as I told earlier, partly in reaction to this problem, the General Assembly passed a bill with a large bipartisan majority that would allow museums and aquariums to reduce the number of required free admission days by half, from 52 down to 26. Gov. Pat Quinn vetoed the legislation…
* The bill received 79 votes in the House back in April, but impassioned speeches on the House floor today by members of the Black Caucus helped turn the tide in favor of Quinn’s veto and just 49 House members voted to override.
Also helping to kill the override motion was a speech by Rep. Jack Franks, who before today has rarely if ever had anything nice to say about Gov. Quinn. Franks said the veto had changed his own perspective and urged his colleagues who’d never changed their minds to do so on today’s vote.
“The governor is right!” Franks said.
That’s not a misprint.
…Adding… Statement from Gov. Quinn…