A stopgap budget to fund government operations was nearly delayed June 30 when Republicans were caught off-guard by a last-minute amendment pushed by Democrats in the House Legislative Black Caucus.
A measure to appropriate nearly $10 million for a variety of projectssought by the Legislative Black Caucus caught Republicans by surprise. When the last-minute amendment was dropped, Republicans applauded. State Rep. Will Davis, D-East Hazel Crest, took offense.
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“So I understand that maybe you don’t care about minority communities as much as I do. I get that,” Davis charged, while Republicans protested that as a mischaracterization of their reaction to the last-minute measure.
“Well then, you should not have applauded when the amendment was taken out of the record,” Davis said.
State Rep. Ron Sandack, R-Downers Grove, said the GOP wasn’t applauding the dismissal of the projects. “The applause was with respect to the process. The entire amendment, Amendment 4, was not agreed to. It was not even told to us that it was coming,” Sandack said.
Sandack said getting a last-minute amendment without a heads-up is a breach of trust.