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Illinois GOP Senate Leader Christine Radogno resigns

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Illinois Senate GOP Leader Christine Radogno is resigning from her position, effective July 1.

She issued the following statement Thursday afternoon:

“It truly is an honor to represent the 41st Senate District and my Republican colleagues in the Illinois Senate.

I have done the job to the very best of my ability and always with the needs of the state and my constituents in mind. I am proud of my legislative accomplishments – none of which were achieved alone. I have always appreciated the support, advice and counsel of my colleagues in both parties, staff and family.

I have particularly enjoyed my friendship and working relationship with Senate President John Cullerton that began the day we were chosen as Leaders of our respective caucuses. However, I believe it’s time for a new Senate Republican leader. I have done everything I can do to resolve the state’s budgetcrisis. I will continue to do so for the coming days. But if the solution will not come on my watch, I hope and pray that the Governor, other legislative leaders, Democrats and Republicans in the Senate and House can find a path to solve the state's problems.

Though I leave political office with a sense of sadness and some disappointment, I leave with no regrets. I did my best – that’s all I could do. It has been a privilege to serve. But now I am looking forward to returning to private life and spending time with my family, especially my five grandchildren.

Effective close of business on July 1, 2017 – the start of the new fiscal year – I intend to resign my position as Senate Leader and Senator from the 41st District. The Caucus has already begun executing the plan for a smooth, orderly and expeditious transition."

Radogno spoketo reporters  after the announcement.

“I feel positive about the work that I've done,” she said. “I feel positive about the efforts that have been out in my the governor, by all four leaders, every single person has contributed to where I hope this state goes eventually. But the fact of the matter is I'm ready to focus on my personal life.”

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner released the following statement about Radogno's resignation:

"It's been an honor and a privilege to work alongside Leader Radogno these last two years as we continue to try to improve the lives of the people of Illinois. She is a consummate professional and public servant, who has championed fiscal responsibility and human services that help our most vulnerable residents. While she will be sorely missed, Diana and I wish her all the best in her future endeavors."

As for the budget, more talking no action.

The leaders here, including Radogno, met at the speaker's office this morning. House GOP Leader Jim Durkin called it productive.

Time is running out, if there is no deal by midnight Friday, Illinois will enter it's third year without a budget.