State News
6:24 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Senate Republican leader outlines her agenda

The Illinois general assembly returns to Springfield this week. One top Republican leader has an agenda, but says politics are likely to get in the way. IPR'S Lauren Chooljian reports.

Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno says lawmakers have a lot of urgent matters to tackle this session. 

There’s the state’s financial situation - including fixing Chicago’s pension system. She’d also like lawmakers to work on turning around Illinois’ high unemployment. And there’s been some talk about changing the income tax system. But as 2014 marks a big election cycle, she says Illinois residents shouldn’t expect to see much action. 

"I think you can expect very little between now and November. I would urge everybody to hold on tight to their wallets - November and particularly January."

Radogno says lawmakers might vote on the state’s minimum wage since it’s become a political issue in the governor’s race. Governor Pat Quinn wants to boost it from $8.25 to at least 10 dollars an hour. Radongo says she’s against that.