Expect the governor’s office to be sent about 400 pieces of legislation in the coming days and weeks. Right now there are only eleven bills on his desk.
Illinois lawmakers failed to pass a budget but passed hundreds of other bills.
Senate President John Cullerton’s spokesman, John Patterson, said lawmakers are managing the workload to avoid flooding the governor’s desk all at once. Patterson also said they send bills they consider priorities, including two that would increase state pay for home and child care workers to $15 an hour.
“We look at things that are trying to identify a lot of our priorities, things that would help working families,” Patterson said.
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State Rep. Jeanne Ives, R-Wheaton, sees Democratic priorities differently. “There were a lot of bills that were anti-business, not pro-business. There were a lot bills that were pro-labor and anti-taxpayer,” she said.
Patterson said one bill to sweep funds for stopgap social service spending is a priority.
“That’s $700 million that could be used to start paying bills for human service provider businesses tomorrow or as soon as the governor signs it,” Patterson said.
Ives said her government transparency bill is also a priority: “[T]here’s currently an injunction against a school board that wanted to delete closed session minutes that my bill is specifically written for so that a newly elected trustee can have access to closed session minutes.”
Ives’ measure has not yet been sent to the governor for signature.
Gov. Bruce Rauner said lawmakers finished session in “stunning failure” by not passing a budget or any economic reforms.
Lawmakers have 30 days to send legislation to the governor after it passes both chambers. The governor has 60 days to either sign or veto bills.