02/14/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

What Will Be On Pat Quinn's Agenda As Governor?

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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