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Politics Roundtable and Illinois House Minority Leader Jim Durkin on the upcoming veto session

This hour on Focus, host Jim Meadows talks politics with Illinois Public Radio’s Amanda Vinicky and the News-Gazette’s Tom Kacich. Then, we’ll hear from Illinois’ new House Minority Leader, Representative Jim Durkin.

Illinois Rep. Jim Durkin, R-Countryside, testifies during a legislative committee hearing on ethics reform at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield, Ill., Tuesday, Mar. 10, 2009. Jim Durkin told the ethics committee that lawmakers should take a c

Illinois Rep. Jim Durkin, R-Countryside, testifies during a legislative committee hearing on ethics reform at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield, Ill., Tuesday, Mar. 10, 2009. Jim Durkin told the ethics committee that lawmakers should take a clear yes-or-no vote on raises. AP Photo/Seth Perlman

It’s starting to show that Governor Pat Quinn is up for reelection next fall. He’s answering more reporter questions and is making it seem like he's serious about sorting out the state's pension issues. Have lawmakers made any progress? In preview of next week's veto session in the Illinois legislature, host Jim Meadows talks with political reporters Amanda Vinicky of Illinois Public Radio and Tom Kacich of the News-Gazette about Governor Quinn’s focus on the pension problem. We'll also talk with Kacich about the status of the farm bill and how current negotiations regarding the government shutdown and the debt ceiling affect political debate and discussion in Illinois.

Then, Meadows talks with Representative Jim Durkin, new Minority Leader for the Illinois House of Representatives about the Republican agenda for the upcoming legislative session. 

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