The fall veto session – and 98th General Assembly – is over for the Illinois House, while the Senate is still scheduled for Thursday. “This session is no different than others. There have been successes, and there have been (pause) a lack of success,” House Speaker Mike Madigan (D-Chicago) said in his valedictory. When the new General Assembly convenes in mid-January, members will, Madigan said, “address the same issues with the same problems and doing that with the same amount of energy and dedication.”
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Madigan, who declined to speak to reporters after adjourning, did not call bills that would have raised the state's minimum wage and set up a health insurance exchange. The sine die adjournment indicates there will be no January lame duck session, at least for the House, unlike in 2011. The inauguration of Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner is Jan. 12. The inauguration of the newly elected House and Senate is Jan. 14.
The 2015 session calendar has the State of the State message on Feb. 4 and the governor’s budget message Feb. 18. The session includes floor action every week during March, April, and May, save for a two-week Easter break.