A new governor has state lawmakers feeling optimistic, at least on one side of the aisle. For many Republican legislators, Gov. Bruce Rauner will be the first governor from their party that they’ve ever worked with. That has members excited, says Illinois Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont), but she says that excitement isn’t exclusive to her party.
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“I think Democrats are optimistic as well,” Radogno said. “Everybody knows our state has been mired down now for several years, unable to really make a recovery the way we see other states doing it. So I think people are excited about new leadership.” While Radogno doesn’t list any specific legislative proposals that will be coming from Republicans, she says several issues will have to be addressed at some point in the coming months, including education funding, overall state spending, and what will happen with the 2013 pension restructuring law.