The Illinois legislature finally has a chance to debate and vote on bills coming out of the governor’s office. They are sponsored by the minority leaders in the respective chambers – House Minority Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs) and Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont).
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Three are bills addressing tort reform, workers’ compensation reform, and property tax freezes. Two are proposed constitutional amendments for term limits and redistricting reform. Of the supermajority Democrats, Durkin said, “They’ve been asking for the governor’s bills. This is about negotiation. It’s about compromise. We’re prepared to continue to do that with the Democrats to find common ground and find Democrat votes.”
Neither Durkin nor Radogno would predict the bills’ fate.
On several pieces of Rauner's “Turnaround Agenda,” House Democrats have staged lengthy hearings or crafted their own bills – and failed them – or both.