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Groups That Called For Leaders Meeting Call Summit A "Good Start," But ...


Even with Illinois' ongoing budget stalemate, it wasn't until a coalition of good government groups called for a meeting between Gov. Bruce Rauner and all four legislative leaders that they agreed to get together.

Susan Garrett chairs one of those groups, the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform.

She says she's pleased with the result of Tuesday's summit.

"Well, you know, getting them together in the same room, forcing a discussion on the budget crisis, no matter what the ultimate outcome was today, having them together, speaking to each other, face to face, making eye contract has to be good," she said Tuesday night.

But while she called it a "good start" Garrett acknowledges that for people desperate for a state budget, nothing is different after the meeting than it was before.

"We continue to go downhill. I mean it seems like every week, it seems like there's another setback," she said. "We have to stop that cycle."

Amanda Vinicky moved to Chicago Tonight on WTTW-TV PBS in 2017.
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