Lawmakers returned to Springfield for the first time following Rod Blagojevich’s impeachment trial, and began to focus on more routine legislative matters such as introducing new legislation. More than 1,000 proposals for new legislation had been filed by week’s end.

Top legislative leaders also had their first meeting with new Governor Pat Quinn. Senator Tim Bivins said lawmakers are eager to work together, in a spirit of cooperation. He said that bipartisanship will be imperative to address the state’s worsening budget crisis.

According to a report released this week by Comptroller Daniel Hynes, the state could be facing an unprecedented $9 billion budget deficit—double the budget hole that Blagojevich faced when he took office in 2003. Although some questioned the accuracy of Hynes’ estimate, most officials acknowledge that Illinois faces severe financial problems.

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