Thursday is drawing near, and Illinois lawmakers and the governor say nothing has been worked out yet regarding a 2016 election for comptroller. Gov. Pat Quinn called a special session for Thursday, hoping lawmakers will act and he can sign a bill before he leaves office on Monday, but whether lawmakers plan to go along still hasn’t been hammered out.
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“We’ll work with both the president of the Senate and the speaker of the House. I know the president of the Senate intends to run a bill through the Senate, and we’ll take it over to the House. Hopefully we can get a strong majority in the Senate and then take it from there. That’s how it works. You gotta build a majority,” the governor said Tuesday afternoon in Chicago.
This is related to the death last month of Judy Baar Topinka, who was both treasurer and treasurer-elect. Quinn believes that an appointed replacement should serve only until 2016, when the office can be included in that statewide election.
Supposedly, representatives of the governor are talking with legislative leaders about what can and will be accomplished in the Thursday session. It is the House that is not yet on board.
“I don’t know whether there is a lack of support, or whether there’s attendance (problems), you know, where this came up at the last minute and when you do that around the holidays it makes it kind of difficult sometimes, so I honestly just don’t know what the holdup is in the House,” said State Rep. Elaine Nekritz (D-Northbrook).