“We need leadership from majority Democrats in the Legislature; instead, what we are getting are the same old insider political games,” said Deputy Republican Leader Christine Radogno of Lemont. “Frankly, after the past week, most people in Illinois are wondering how much more embarrassment the state must endure. Apparently, legislative Democrats think the state needs more embarrassment.”
“It’s absolutely amazing that they don’t get it,” said Senator Dale Righter of Mattoon. “We have a Governor who has been arrested and accused of selling the seat to the highest bidder. Yet, Democrats are still unwilling to hand the power back to the public, but want to save it for themselves. Apparently Illinois legislative Democrats agree with the Governor’s assessment. Now, they are thinking they’ve got this thing and it's bleeping golden...and they’re just not giving it up for bleeping nothing.”
Senator Radogno said Republicans are sensitive to the cost figures associated with the special election, but noted that the cost can be minimized by piggy-backing the special election with already scheduled municipal primaries and general elections set for February 24 and April 7. Delaying a vote on a special election will only make it more costly for Illinois taxpayers, she added.
Senate Republicans also support legislation to reallocate some state budget funds to help local governments cover the cost of the election.