If Gov. Jim Edgar had any hopes that it might be easy getting everyone to go along with his agenda for his final year in office, they have been laid to rest in the last 48 hours.
And even as he began defending his agenda at a taping of the WBBM-AM radio show "At Issue" Thursday morning, state senators were already dreaming up ways to spend the budget surplus that Edgar wants to be left alone.
Vowing that they would work to find the money for new juvenile detention centers and crime prevention programs, senators overwhelmingly approved a House measure to overhaul the state's juvenile justice system. The plan now goes to Edgar for consideration.