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Madigan to House Clerk: Ignore the governor’s veto

Tuesday, Oct 22, 2013

* From a memo…

October 22, 2013

Timothy D. Mapes
Clerk of the Illinois House of Representatives
420 State House
Springfield, IL 62706

Re: House Bill 214 (Madigan/Cullerton)

Dear Mr. Mapes:

On September 26, 2013, a Cook County Circuit judge held that the Governor’s line item veto of House Bill 214 violated Article VI, Section 11 of the Illinois Constitution and therefore, was void ab initio. This means that the line item veto has no legal effect and it is to be treated as void from the outset. The Governor has appealed the decision and the Supreme Court has agreed to review the issue. However, the order entered on September 26th remains in effect. Therefore, there is no viable veto of House Bill 214 that the House can consider.

With kindest personal regards, I remain

Sincerely yours,

MICHAEL J. MADIGAN
Speaker of the House

As of 12:30, the bill’s status page hadn’t yet been updated.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

16 Comments
  1. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Oct 22, 13 @ 12:37 pm:

    Kinda says it all, doesn’t it?

    Is Quinn now going to send a Memo saying;

    “Do what I told you, ’cause I… run …every … thing …so …

    Just do whatever…

    Pat Quinn,
    Now “just” Governor
    Not Glorious Leader yet.”


  2. - Raymond - Tuesday, Oct 22, 13 @ 12:46 pm:

    So the governor’s veto is the tree falling in the woods with nobody around to hear it.


  3. - Anon III - Tuesday, Oct 22, 13 @ 12:48 pm:

    Argumentative.


  4. - in absentia - Tuesday, Oct 22, 13 @ 1:13 pm:

    I never get letters from my boss!


  5. - Ghost - Tuesday, Oct 22, 13 @ 1:20 pm:

    not really argumentative. it is an accurate statement of the law with a supported conclusion. Argumentative would have been a statement presented before a legal decision in an attempt to persuade the listener.

    After the court has ruled it is just a statement of the law of the case.


  6. - RNUG - Tuesday, Oct 22, 13 @ 1:25 pm:

    To use one of the Dem’s latest catch phrases, notwithstanding the appeal, it now appears to be “settled law”.


  7. - Diogenes in DuPage - Tuesday, Oct 22, 13 @ 1:37 pm:

    When four votes on the High Court are beholding to MJM, the handwriting is on the wall. The unelected governor wins again.


  8. - A guy... - Tuesday, Oct 22, 13 @ 2:15 pm:

    Seems like a reasonable step and a correct communication.


  9. - Norseman - Tuesday, Oct 22, 13 @ 2:45 pm:

    October 22, 2013

    Re: House Bill 214 (Madigan/Cullerton)

    Dear Mr. Mapes:

    I’m the great and powerful Gov. Despite what the Circuit judge held I’m right and your boss is wrong. Therefore, pretty please with sugar on top call the Item Veto of House Bill 214 for a vote.

    With kindest personal regards, I remain

    The Gov


  10. - roscoe tom - Tuesday, Oct 22, 13 @ 3:34 pm:

    I AM THE BOSS! I Am The Boss! i am the boss. i am -oh forget it.


  11. - walkinfool - Tuesday, Oct 22, 13 @ 4:32 pm:

    A straightforward statement of fact.

    Simply information on what votes to schedule.


  12. - Mighty M. Mouse - Tuesday, Oct 22, 13 @ 7:36 pm:

    It ain’t over till the fat lady sings, and the fat lady is the Illinois Supreme Court. Not Madigan, not the Circuit Court and not the Appellate Court.


  13. - Just The Way It Is One - Tuesday, Oct 22, 13 @ 8:05 pm:

    Until the Supreme Court resolves the matter, this MJM letter is wholly inappropriate and sickeningly indicative of an ill-advised Power Play before the final Decision-Maker has ruled. And we wonder sometimes why things get so messed-up in Illinois…!


  14. - Anon. - Tuesday, Oct 22, 13 @ 8:31 pm:

    Oh, and Mr. Mapes, you want to move HB 3717 through the House as quickly as possible.


  15. - Just Me - Tuesday, Oct 22, 13 @ 8:46 pm:

    Can the Governor “withdraw the request”?


  16. - Anon - Wednesday, Oct 23, 13 @ 5:18 am:

    Is this another “lets just ignore this part of the Illinois Constitution” thing?


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