The 21st Show

A conversation with Republican leader of the Illinois State Senate, John Curran

John Curran.

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A week after Governor Pritzker's budget speech, Republican John Curran from Downers Grove, now the Illinois Senate Minority Leader, aired his concerns on The 21st. Curran is pushing for a budget that looks after Illinois residents first, questioning spending on programs for noncitizens and recent arrivals. He also notes last year's budget talks, especially the disagreements over the end of a tax credit for private school scholarships, which resulted in no Republican backing for the final budget. Despite these challenges and his party being the minority, Curran is calling for a more balanced approach to governance, seeking constructive dialogue with Democrats to achieve outcomes that favor Illinois's working families.


State Sen. John Curran

R-Downers Grove • Senate Minority Leader