Quotes of the week

"I'm not reneging on it. I think all of us understand in Illinois that no matter who you are, we have to take a look at the pension systems of our state ... that have $100 billion of liabilities. If you want to have a pension system, you've got to rescue those systems from this $100 billion liability. Folks in Detroit are finding out right now that if you don't straighten out the pension system, you end up with 10 cents on the dollar."

— Gov. Pat Quinn, telling a local audience that changes in the state's public pension systems are necessary to prevent bankruptcy.

"I'm very gratified how the people I call — a lot of them teach science at universities and do research — and they really light up when I tell them I'm running for office. They all know the importance of science, technology and education in America."

— University of Illinois physicist and Democratic congressional candidate George Gollin, describing the reaction to his decision to seek the Democratic nomination to challenge incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis. Gollin now has $262,087 on hand, including $165,000 he loaned to his campaign.

"You will lose your home, your family, your friends, your health ... It's a horrible way to live."

Champaign resident Vanessa Askew, describing what it was like to be a heroin addict. Askew now is in recovery.

"There's no catch to it."

— Rossville Mayor Richard Queen, discussing a municipal plan to sell subdivided lots for $1 in exchange for a pledge from the buyer to build a house on them. Village officials said property tax revenues from the improved lots will pay for the program.

"It's very valuable. In this case here, we're dealing with an apartment complex. A lot of times you may train in a house, a smaller house or something that somebody wants torn down."

Urbana Division Fire Chief Chad Hensch, discussing training at the long-troubled Urbana Townhomes in the 900 and 1000 block of South Lierman Avenue. The property is scheduled for demolition.

"Representative Hays has the unique experience of balancing eight consecutive budgets as a downstate mayor, combined with senior executive experience as a vice president of Presence United Samaritans Medical Center. His breadth of real-life leadership acumen has brought a common-sense, no-nonsense approach to Springfield that is sorely lacking."

— State Rep. Jim Durkin, the new leader of House Republicans in Springfield, announcing that state Rep. Chad Hays of Catlin will be part of his leadership team. Republicans are the minority party in both the Illinois House and Senate.

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