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Governor Quinn talks marriage equality, pension reform, re-election

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Each day, Illinois lawmakers do nothing about pension reform in the state, costing taxpayers $17 million a day. The governor says that's a lot of money to not be used on roads, schools and jobs.

In fact, just a couple of weeks ago, Quinn sent a letter to Illinois taxpayers about pension reform and last month, he put together a special committee to come up with a comprehensive pension reform bill that both chambers can support.

Quinn talked about this topic and more with FOX 32's Darlene Hill in a one-on-one interview.

"We can't afford any more delay," Quinn told FOX 32 News. "The taxpayers come first the taxpayers of Illinois are seeing millions of dollars every day added to this pension liability the estimate is about $17 million a day by failure of the legislators---to act on the issue."

The governor says he will veto any legislation that does not erase the pension debt. The committee's meeting is set for July 9.

Next topic: conceal and carry.

"If the legislators want to listen to the NRA, that's their business but my business is to protect the people of Illinois," he says. "We'll act quickly. To sign or not to sign. You'll find out very quickly."

There was a major ruling from the justices in the nation's high court Wednesday regarding same-sex marriages.

Governor Quinn says he's ready to sign the state's equality bill into law now, but it's still on hold.

"I'm very very disappointed in the Illinois House of Representatives. They didn't even vote on this bill," Quinn says. "I think it's important that we understand that marriage equality should be the law of the land in the Land of Lincoln. I'm fighting as hard as I can for that."

And, it's campaign season for the governor. There's already a crowded field of challengers even within his own party, including Bill Daley and Lisa Madigan who says she's thinking about running.

Governor Quinn says he welcomes the competition and he may have a new campaign phrase.

"I've been governor four years in Illinois, the Blackhawks have won two Stanley Cups, so when Quinn is in, the Blackhawks win."  

The primary is in March, but for now the governor says he'll be focused on getting the state out of debt.

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