One lawmaker says Governor Quinn should give up his airplanes and hop aboard an Amtrak train. Decatur Representative Bill Mitchell says it may put more restraints on the governor's time but that's nothing in comparison to what the state owes its vendors.
He says lawmakers are facing tough decisions trying to get the budget under control. He says grounding the state's fleet of planes makes the most sense to him.
Mitchell says grounding the planes will save the state just over seven million dollars a year. He says that's not a lot out of a 33-billion dollar budget but it'll make a big difference in a state that has the worst deficit in the nation. Mitchell has proposed this idea in years past but it leadership never called the bill for a vote.