A veteran Republican lawmaker says he knows what to take away from the fact that Democrats would not support any of the governor's initiatives. Senate committees failed to pass the three bills which even made it that far.
“I think the Democrats are really having trouble understanding that they are not in charge,” said State Sen. Bill Brady (R-Bloomington). “Yeah, they've got the majority in both the House and Senate but, let's just say, Bruce Rauner is no Pat Quinn. They're not going to be able to treat Gov. Rauner the way they treated Pat Quinn. We're going to have an agenda that's going to work for the people of Illinois, and not self-serving political interest.”
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The Senate leader said there's value in the hearings into the legislation as sponsored by Republicans.
“These are very helpful to have these committee hearings where people can testify, not in closed rooms, but rather where there's witnesses who can be questioned, and it makes it easier for people to understand the issues,” said Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago). “These are really dramatic changes the governor's proposed. If we had had this conversation earlier, we might have come to a compromise, but it's a little tough to do that this late in the session.”
During the committee hearing, the minority leader, State Sen. Christine Radogno (R-Lemont) called the timing issue “bogus,” adding everybody involved has known the issues all along, even though they had not been presented in a bill until the end of last week.
The session is scheduled to end Sunday, but it is possible lawmakers will be called back.