If any substantive legislation passes between now and the middle of January in Springfield, it'll be an upset. State Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-Chicago), the House majority leader, says it’s likely everyone will wait for the new governor, Bruce Rauner, to take over. There could be an exception, though: “For example, I am an advocate of raising the minimum wage, and the people of Illinois, in the advisory referendum, seem to agree with me,” she said.
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The non-binding question showed support for the wage rising from $8.25 to $10 per hour by Jan. 1, 2015. “We might do some minor bills on the vetoes,” said State Rep. Jack Franks (D-Marengo), “but I don’t think that we are going to pick up in the lame duck session any bills dealing with any tax extensions or increases. That’s what Gov. (Pat) Quinn ran on, and he was rejected.”
The increased income tax passed after Quinn was elected to a full term but before the new General Assembly was sworn in in 2011. The rate is to recede from 5 to 3.75 percent Jan. 1, halfway through the state’s fiscal year.
The veto session begins Nov. 19. Rauner is sworn in Jan. 12. The House and Senate members are sworn in Jan. 14.