State Democrats gain more control

By Denise Jackson

November 8, 2012 Updated Nov 8, 2012 at 9:18 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Illinois democrats have gained more seats in their majority of both houses of the state legislature, giving them veto proof control.

Despite being from the same party, Governor Pat Quinn has had his differences with democratic party leaders, on everything from the state's budget crisis, pension reform to gambling expansion, which Quinn vetoed over the summer.

But as a result of Tuesday's election, democrats have gained more seats in the house and senate, giving them the ability to successfully challenge Quinn's vetoes.

"We have to have bipartisan solutions for our citizens because that's how we do our best work. So even though there are some gains in the house and senate, we still have to work together," said 92nd District State Representative Jehan Gordon-Booth.

The increased majority could push republican compromise even further away.

"We're gonna need to work hard to find common ground and build off that. That needs to happen with both sides," said 91st District State Representative Mike Unes.

"I don't think it's good to have all democrats or all republicans. I think the system is set up to work best when there's a balance in power," said 73rd District State Representative Dave Leitch.

Leitch says the last time there was a veto proof control in both the house and senate, Republican Jim Edgar was the governor in the early nineties. He says he is concerned about whether or not leaders will make decisions that are in the best interests of downstate residents instead of just Chicago.

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