SPRINGFIELD – History was made in the Illinois Senate during thesecond week of the fall “veto” 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 Gov. Rod Blagojevich asking to borrow more money and cut up to 8 percent of both state agency and program budgets, according to State Sen. Pamela Althoff (R-Crystal Lake).


On Nov. 19, Senate Republicans chose State Sen. Christine Radogno (R-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 (R-Greenville) who has served as Leader since 2003. Watson recently announced he would not seek re-election to the leadership role, after suffering a stroke in October. 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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