* The governor’s people were predicting earlier in the week that this would be a close vote. It wasn’t…
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is going to the House of Representatives with a simple message: Spend money on children, not outdated prisons.
The Democratic governor’s office said Wednesday it will continue to fight to divert money from prisons to child-protection services after the Senate rebuffed the attempt there.
The Senate voted 35-16 to reject Quinn’s cuts of $57 million that lawmakers want to restore to keep open the Tamms high-security prison, the Dwight women’s lockup and juvenile detention centers.
A simple majority was required to override Quinn’s reductions. But the vote was mainly symbolic. Even if the House concurs, it won’t stop Quinn from closing state facilities.
* Quite a few Democrats voted to override the governor, but Republicans have been clamoring for budget cuts for years now, yet most of them voted to override. Here are a few quotes from memory lane…
* “Everything that can be cut should be cut.”
- Senate President Christine Radogno, New York Times March 19, 2009
* “We can’t spend more money than we did last year. We need to see cuts in the budget. The families of Illinois have made sacrifices and the state of Illinois needs to do the same with their budget.”
- Sen. Bill Brady,, Bloomington Pantagraph Feb. 13, 2011
* “No one wants to be cut. Everyone points the finger and says: ‘Cut them, not me.’”
- Sen. Kirk Dillard, Daily Herald, April 27, 2012
* “It is time that we stop this abuse of tax dollars and make the real spending cuts needed to balance the budget.”
Sen. Kirk Dillard, campaign release, March 16, 2012
* “Yeah, we’re on course, but we’re on a collision course if we don’t get our spending under control.”
- Sen. Sam McCann, State Journal-Register, Feb. 1, 2012
* “I think it’s time to have the governor realize that we’re going to have to do with less state government, and it’s time to make some cuts.”
- Sen. Shane Cultra, Quad City Times Feb. 13, 2011
Food for thought.