November 14, 2012 – Mayor Rahm Emanuel said today he hopes Gov. Pat Quinn will be a part of agreements on gambling expansion and other important agenda items in Springfield, despite a veto-proof majority in the General Assembly that might enable fellow Democrats to sidestep the governor. “I think it’s time for Springfield to work on a number of subjects, and the governor has to be a part of that,” Emanuel said, when asked whether he would try to cut deals with lawmakers independent of Quinn. The mayor cited a casino in Chicago as one of the contentious issues he wants to see resolved. Quinn blocked an Emanuel-backed bill that would have created a license for a city-owned Chicago casino last year by refusing to sign it at a time Democrats did not have enough votes to override him without Republican help. “My number one issue in the legislature is getting pension reform, we must get this done in a bi-partisan way,” Quinn said Tuesday.