The governor is calling on the state’s business leaders to help pass Medicaid and pension reforms. Gov. Pat Quinn wants members of the Illinois Manufacturers Association and Retail Merchants Association to ratchet up the pressure on their state lawmakers to pay attention to Illinois’ most pressing issues. Quinn says businesses want a robust economy, which cannot happen if the state is mired in debt.
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“The squeeze in on from pensions, from Medicaid, on our budget and our credit rating,” says Quinn. “If we’re going to issue bonds to build and rebuild Illinois, we must have a much better credit rating.” Quinn outlined how to address state legislators, by for example referring to them politely as “senator,” or “representative.” He says business leaders should get involved, because Illinois will send $4.6 billion of Medicaid bills into the next fiscal year if nothing is done.