One longtime state legislator says letting the budget battle drag into the summer won’t help Democrats. State Sen. Bill Brady (R-Bloomington) has seen his share of overtime sessions that stretch past the legislature’s scheduled adjournment on May 31. From his experience, he says it’d be better for Democrats to work out an agreement with Gov. Bruce Rauner before that date.
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“I think most people who get into those overtime sessions get less of what they want, but think that it’s going to bring them more of what they want,” Brady said, “and the longer the delay, the less you get. So my advice is to help Illinois by cooperating in a bipartisan way.”
One of the longer overtime sessions Brady has experienced occurred in 2007, when legislators were kept in Springfield until August by then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
For legislators to pass a budget after May 31, it would require a 3/5th supermajority vote in both chambers.