It was a symbolic victory, of sorts, for lawmakers in the Illinois House who didn’t want to cut the governor any slack. The victory came at the expense of a proposal to move the date for the governor’s budget address back to the first week in March. State Rep. Jack Franks (D-Woodstock) was one of many lawmakers to use debate on the bill to attack the governor.
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“It wouldn’t be another day in the General Assembly without us solving the messes created by the governor,” said Franks. Rep. Ken Dunkin (D-Chicago), however, didn’t get what all the fuss was about. “This bill is pretty simple. It’s very straightforward. He’s asking for additional time to get the numbers right,” said Dunkin. Republicans then joined in saying the governor was employing “delay tactics” with no justification for doing so. In the end, the bill was pulled from the record. There’s no word on when it will be called for a vote again.