The top Democrat in the State Senate is defending Illinois as a good place to do business. IPR's Tony Arnold reports.
John Cullerton took a big picture look at Illinois' economy Thursday. The Senate President delivered a speech at the Union League Club in downtown Chicago, portraying Illinois as a competitive place to do business compared to surrounding states.
CULLERTON: Now don't get me wrong. It's not all rainbows and unicorns, right?
Cullerton acknowledged Illinois' nearly $6 billion in old bills and its debt owed to state employees' pensions. But he defended lawmakers, saying the culture has changed in Springfield in recent years.
CULLERTON: We are doing what needs to be done and we are doing it with a sense of responsibility that was previously lacking at the Capitol.
The Democrat also said he wants the Republican nominee for governor to present a state budget after next week's primary.
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