The Illinois legislature, while granting Gov. Pat Quinn's request to push back his budget speech five weeks, vowed to start on a budget without him. The governor was asked his thoughts about this during a Springfield event Tuesday, the day before the 205th anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln. Quinn used the opportunity to tap into his inner history teacher.
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“We always have to keep on working,” Quinn said. “It says in our Constitution, 'to form a more perfect union.' We're never perfect. We always have to keep on working to higher ideals and aspirations. I think that's one of the lessons that Abraham Lincoln taught us when he was here on Earth: that democracy is something all of us are involved in.”
Quinn chose not to comment on political coercion and sexual harassment allegations against a Republican candidate for governor, state Treasurer Dan Rutherford. “I don't know much about the facts, so I'm not going to venture any opinion,” Quinn said.