Quotes of the week
"The purpose of this lawsuit is to protect the independence of the legislature and preserve the separation of powers."
— Excerpt from a statement issued by Illinois House Speaker Michael J. Madigan and Senate President John J. Cullerton explaining why their decision to challenge Gov. Pat Quinn's suspension of lawmaker pay is not about money. Quinn is withholding legislators' pay until they address the disastrous financial problems surrounding the state's public pensions systems.
"Today's lawsuit filed by two members of the Illinois General Assembly is just plain wrong. If legislators had put forth the same effort to draw up a pension reform agreement that they did in crafting this lawsuit, pension reform could have been done by now."
— Gov. Pat Quinn, reacting to the lawsuit filed by Democratic legislative leaders.
"Community college enrollments can be a bit unpredictable. The general trend is when we see unemployment rates going up, enrollments tend to go up as well. When more people find work, enrollments at community colleges can go down. That's what DACC has generally experienced over time."
— Dave Kietzmann, vice president for instruction and student services at Danville Area Community College, explaining that as the economic recovery in Illinois continues, enrollment at area community colleges has declined slightly.
"Yeah, I guess I really did. It's nice to have an extra inch."
— Fighting Illini point guard Tracy Abrams, explaining that his new listed height is not a typo or an exaggeration, that he's really grown from 6-foot-1 to 6-foot-2 since last season.
"I have absolutely no position. I don't get involved in politics. Whatever law passes, we're going to comply with the law."
— Urbana Police Chief Pat Connelly, expressing a position of complete neutrality about whether Gov. Quinn should sign a medical marijuana law.
"It's disturbing, but exciting. It validates our sense of the community and how many people can come in from the cold and get insurance."
— Claudia Lennhoff, executive director of the Champaign County Health Care Consumers, responding to predictions that Obamacare will swell the ranks of Champaign County residents on Medicaid by more than 15,000 people.