Gov. Quinn talks 2014 priorities with FOX 32 - FOX 32 News Chicago

Gov. Quinn talks 2014 priorities with FOX 32

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CHICAGO, Ill. (FOX 32 News) -

It has been a year filled with political wrangling and debate over some major economic and social issues, such as pension reform and gay marriage.

As Gov. Quinn prepares for his reelection bid next year, it is clear he wants to tout what he considers to be accomplishments of the 2013 year.

Perhaps nothing was as significant as the long overdue and badly needed pension reform measure which passed earlier this month, which Quinn touted as his most significant political victory.

"I think passing the pension reform, which was long in coming and took a lot of hard work, we never gave up, we knew you had to put everybody together and work together for a common cause, and we were able to pass the pension reform," Quinn said.

But already the Retired Illinois Teachers Union has filed a lawsuit, calling the measure unconstitutional.

"Well, there will be a judicial review of any important law and I am certain that it is constitutional and I think the majority of the legislators as well as the governor saying it's a constitutional law will certainly help us in a court of law," Quinn responded.

On social issues, Quinn penned his approval to the controversial Marriage Equality bill, making Illinois the 16th state to approve same sex marriages.

"I think marriage equality is a civil rights matter, I think it's a very important measure, it says we're a welcoming society and don't discriminate among people and who they love," Quinn said.

When asked how he reconciles the bill with his Catholic faith, as Cardinal George condemned the bill on the basis of the biblical definition of marriage between a man and a woman, Quinn responded, "The number one article of faith for anyone of faith is to follow your conscience, that's what I try to do all the time, and I think that's the only way to go in life."

Quinn also counted as successes two economic development issues, the Illiana Highway and the Peotone airport both of which moved a step closer to reality but remain steeped in controversy.

Both will also come with a high price tag for taxpayers with uncertain funding.

There was the one standoff with lawmakers where Quinn got shot down as lawmakers overturned his veto of the Concealed Carry bill.

"The legislature made that decision, and it is now the law and my job is to carry out the law," Quinn said.

But the governor certainly has political successes from this year to campaign on in 2014.

When asked about the perception people might have of this interview being an early start to the political campaign next year, Quinn pointed out that he does these year-end interviews every year.

But as we know in politics, everything is political.

His plan for next year includes raising the minimum wage a investing in education. Although we won't know where the money for that will come until he reveals his budget plans later on.

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