St. Louis Public Radio News
5:04 am
Fri January 30, 2009

Quinn's First Day as Illinois Governor

Springfield, IL – New Illinois Governor Pat Quinn says he wants to push back the date of the state's primary elections.

Quinn says he will push legislation to move the primary from February to September, so that elected officials can focus this year on remedying the state's problems. But Quinn says top leaders can't afford to start campaigning so soon, when the state just removed a governor for abusing his power and the government is saddled with a three-billion-dollar deficit.

"I think Illinois needs this year to mend the flaws, repair the damage and we need all of our elected officials focused on governance this year. There will be plenty of time for politics next year."

The Governor also signed his first executive order today. It officially establishes the Illinois Reform Commission. It is headed by a former federal prosecutor and is charged with investigating corruption in state government and recommending reforms.