Dems fail to override bargaining bill veto; GOP stays united, effort falls three votes short

SPRINGFIELD — House Democrats on Wednesday came up three votes short in their attempt to override Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of the “no strike-no lockout” or interest arbitration bill. Although knowing the attendance put him one Democrat shy of his full 71 members present — the same number of votes needed for a successful override attempt — House Speaker Michael Madigan let the vote roll forward. Backers of Senate Bill 1229 put up 67 votes in the House when the bill originally passed. Read More »

Rauner-led GOP, Democrats about to square off; Going in, margins on override vote look razor thin

SPRINGFIELD — At the moment, one four-digit number — 1229 — is the watchword for the struggle between first-year Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and the Democrats who hold supermajorities in the General Assembly. That struggle is anticipated to come to a head Wednesday in the House, when Democrats are expected to attempt an override of Rauner’s veto of Senate Bill 1229, the interest arbitration or “no-strike/no-lockout” bill. The measure would allow mandatory arbitration should either the state o Read More »

Madison County board members join I-LAW to support Rauner's 'Turnaround' agenda

Local lawmakers are standing with tort reform group Illinois Lawsuit Abuse Watch (I-LAW) to revive discussion of a sticking point in a two month old state budget impasse. Madison County board members Tom McRae (R-14) and Mick Madison (R-5) joined I-LAW's executive director Travis Akin on Tuesday to support passage of venue reform, a key component of Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's Turnaround Agenda. Read More »