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Sullivan: Politics Trump Common Sense

Macomb, IL – State Sen. John Sullivan (D-Rushville) says there's still a lot of work that needs to be done by the end of the month in order to get the state's financial situation under control.

But he says partisan politics could make that a difficult, if not impossible task.

Sullivan says a bill that would allow state government to borrow nearly $4 billion to make pension payments -- payments required by law -- has stalled in the Senate. A few Democrats have indicated they won't vote for it, and Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago) isn't sure it can pass without them.

It appears there may be some Republican support for the initiative in the Senate -- but it's unclear whether they'll come forward and vote "yes."

Sullivan says it's difficult to vote against the party -- especially if the caucus has taken a firm position on a particular issue. That was clear when the borrowing plan passed the House a couple of weeks ago with a little Republican help. Those who helped pass the measure were shunned by the party.

Sullivan says it would make sense for politicians to drop their affiliation and work together to get things done. But he says such common sense ideas are often trumped by politics in Springfield.

You can listen to the interview with Sen. John Sullivan (D-Rushville) by clicking "play" on the audio link above.