A day after Speaker
The letter, written to members of the
But it’s questionable whether the letter will advance the votes needed for passage in the Illinois House, where the Senate-passed measure sits. A day earlier, Speaker Madigan, who also chairs the state
While Quigley has had a long history of supporting equal rights for gays and lesbians, the letter represents an unusual move by federal officeholders to delve into state policies.
In the letter, Quigley noted, "For some time now, people have been talking about the problems we face in Illinois, but it is time that we start celebrating what Illinois is doing right."
Among the problems that Illinois faces is a serious financial crunch with a state income-tax increase set largely to expire in 2015. A Quigley spokeswoman said she did not know if the congressman had a position on whether the tax increase should be allowed to lapse.
The congressional letter came from seven of the state’s 11 Democrats in the 18-member delegation in Washington. The seven included three newly elected suburban Democrats — U.S. Reps.
Not signing the letter were Democratic U.S. Reps.