The Chicago Democrat says a big priority for the legislature will be passing a capital bill to put people to work building roads, bridges and schools. He also said people need to come together.
"It's time for change in Springfield. We have been, we have been embarrassed. We have embarrassed ourselves with all the fighting between the governor and the legislature and the speaker and the president of the senate. That's going to end," said Cullerton.
The incoming senate president will be sworn in on January 14, 2009. He will replace Emil Jones, who is retiring.