(KMOV) – Gov. Pat Quinn on Wednesday was scheduled to tell the people of Illinois the financial plan for the cash-strapped state. Instead, he spoke with lawmakers two weeks earlier to get an extension.
Now the annual budget speech will be March 26, a week and a day after the General Primary in Illinois.
Quinn's office reiterates the move was to give the Democrat extra time to lay out a five-year plan, Republicans say that excuse is “phony.”
“We all know that’s not the reason,” said Sen. Dave Luechtefeld (R-Okawville). “Most everything that happens in Springfield is about politics and votes and he wanted to wait until after the primary so he could figure out who his opponent would be and maybe then fashion his address to his opponent.”
The Republican from Okawville also said if the governor did not have time to put together the plan by the original speech date, then “something’s going on that shouldn’t be going on.”
According to the governor’s press office, former Republican and Democratic governors have also delayed similar speeches.