Four leaders meet in Chicago, plan another sitdown on Tuesday
Friday, Aug 18, 2017
* The four legislative leaders met in Speaker Madigan’s Chicago ward office today to see if they could work out an education funding reform compromise. The meeting was scheduled to start at 1 o’clock.
I called Senate President Cullerton’s spokesman John Patterson late this afternoon to ask how the meeting went. “It was a good meeting,” he said.
OK, but did they get anything accomplished? “It was a good meeting.”
Alright, but a good meeting could mean that tasty pizza was served, right? Did they find common ground? “It was a good meeting.”
How long did the meeting last? “A long time.”
I asked Patterson if he realized that I was quoting everything he said.
“I am accurately relaying to you the message out of this meeting. It was a long meeting, met for a long time. It was a good meeting. How long did they meet? A long time.”
I laughed through most of that and then called Patty Schuh. No answer. Left a message.
* So, I called Steve Brown and told him what Patterson had said. His response: “I was going to use the word ‘productive’ and they’re going to meet again Tuesday in Springfield.” They started at about ten minutes after 1 and finished about 3:30, Brown said.
Patty then called me back. “The four leaders believe it was a productive meeting. They reviewed all the issues and will meet again Tuesday. OK? That’s all I got.” Then we chatted a bit and I finished writing this post.
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