The Springfield consensus is that Mr. Quinn will do what it takes to lever billions of federal infrastructure dollars that President-elect Barack Obama is likely to soon send our way. If nothing else, Mr. Quinn has the credibility with Mr. Madigan to cut a deal that Mr. Blagojevich lacked.
Whether he's willing to go further and back a general tax increase--say, in the income tax--is far from certain. Asked about more money for schools at that City Club appearance, Mr. Quinn said the state perhaps should put the question of a tax hike to a statewide referendum, where "the people" can decide.
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