* From an NCSL interview of Senate President John Cullerton…
How would you describe your leadership philosophy?
I like to be liked rather than feared. We have a supermajority. In Illinois, that is 36 votes; we have 37. My goal is to bring everybody together. We need 36 votes to override the governor, so we don’t have a lot of votes to spare. […]
How did being the eldest in a large family prepare you for leading the Senate?
I have five sisters and three brothers and so does my wife. I look upon my caucus as a family. I’m sort of like the oldest sibling. You learn how to negotiate.