Illinois senators on an appropriations committee were not shy about quizzing the lieutenant governor as to whether Illinois even needs a lieutenant governor. State Sen. Michael Hastings (D-Tinley Park) said he was upset the governor's office wants to cut funding for such programs as Teach for America. I'd much rather have those teachers teaching those 7,000 students that really need it  and zero out your line item, he said.

Thank you for your candor, responded Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti. Frankly speaking, everything's on the table. The governor put me in charge of his consolidation task force.


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Speaking of that, State Sen. Steve Landek (D-Bridgeview) said the government consolidation should be at the state level not necessarily the local level. I think you should lead from the top, cut your budget to a severe amount, and have all the other state agencies follow suit, said Landek.

The fact that the questioners were Democrats and the lieutenant governor is a Republican was not lost on State Sen. Sue Rezin (R-Morris). It's interesting (that) those questions weren't asked of the chief justice, who testified before here, Rezin said.

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