History was made in the Illinois Senate during the second week of the fall legislative session with the election of a woman to a top leadership position, and the state’s budget crisis continued to be a focal point with Governor Rod Blagojevich asking to borrow more money and cut up to 8 percent of both state agency and program budgets, according to Senator Tim Bivins.

On November 19, Senate Republicans chose State Senator Christine Radogno of Lemont to be the next Senate Republican Leader, making her the first woman in Illinois history to lead a legislative caucus. She will replace Senator Frank Watson of Greenville who has served as Leader since 2003.

Senator Watson recently announced he would not seek reelection to the leadership role, after suffering a stroke in October. Senator Watson has been undergoing therapy and was able to return to the Senate for the final week of the veto session.

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