The governor could call the Illinois House back to Springfield for a special session on raising the minimum wage, but a Republican lawmaker believes that’d be a bad move. The Illinois Senate passed a bill to increase the state’s minimum wage only after the House had adjourned. The governor could call a special session so the House can vote on the proposal, but State Rep. Ron Sandack (R-Downers Grove) says that strategy didn’t work under the previous governor, and won’t work now.
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“Should the governor decide he wanted to do a little bit of a Blagojevichian tactic of calling the House back,” Sandack said, “I suspect (Illinois House) Speaker (Michael) Madigan, who’s been there, done that, would simply pound the gavel down, welcome us back, and then take a motion to adjourn and send us home.”
Sandack says he doesn’t believe there’s enough support in the House to pass the proposal, both due to opposition from Republicans, as well as Democrats who don’t want to support a clause that would preempt home rule cities like Chicago from raising the minimum wage on a local level.
Like Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner, Sandack says he would support raising the minimum wage if its combined with tax and regulatory reforms designed to help businesses.