As lawmakers in Springfield abolish legislative scholarships and kick around an idea to expand gambling in Illinois, the governor says those lawmakers must keep their eyes on the prize. Gov. Pat Quinn says pension reforms and Medicaid reforms should be first on the to-do list that lawmakers are trying to get through before the end of May and the Spring Session.
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“My job is to get this mission accomplished,” Quinn said. “That’s restructuring Medicaid, reforming the pension systems and having enough money in our budget for things that we all believe in, our schools and our public safety.” One resurrected idea that could be a distraction for lawmakers: a call to expand gambling in the state. Quinn says he saw it coming. “We don’t want to get distracted here,” Quinn said. “That particular issue tends to come up at the end of the legislative session all the time. I think we’ve got to keep our eyes on the prize, and the prize is the complete restructuring and reform of two programs that need fundamental overhaul.”