The governor said the state must raise taxes to maintain human services and to deal with the deficit. He sounded prepared to stand by that goal, even if it means sacrificing his political future.
"Gotta repair the damage, and that's my mission. If that's the end of it as far as politics go, so be it. I'd rather do the right thing than just meander along and let our state continue to suffer," said Quinn.
The governor will meet with legislative leaders Tuesday. He says if the state doesn't have a budget within a week or so, he will have to lay out the consequences of not passing a tax increase.