So far this week, the House has held three Special Sessions in accordance with Governor Rauner’s proclamation calling the General Assembly back to Springfield to finally pass a balanced budget.
In typical fashion, the obstruction of Mike Madigan and House Democrats continues. House Republican leaders and the Governor have put a plan on the table that balances the budget and provides important economic and political reforms. The General Assembly should be given the opportunity to debate and vote on this package. Instead of writing about the ‘action’ we’ve seen this week, I’m going to refer you to the videos listed below for the updates.
Video 1 – Day 2 of Special Session.
Video 2 – Day 3 of Special Session.
Spoiler alert! Nothing has been done. The Speaker controls which bills are called for votes in Committees and in front of the full House. This week Speaker Madigan did not allow votes on bills that would address the following critical issues:
– Education funding
– Property taxes
– Workers’ compensation reform
– Term limits
On the first day of the Special Session, I joined Tom Miller on WJPF Radio and Will Stephens on WXAN for interviews to preview what I thought was coming up this week. Please click the links below to listen.
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