* 11:17 am - I’ve confirmed that the governor’s office has informed the Secretary of State that a special session proclamation will be filed at noon today.
Not sure yet, but I think we could be seeing a special election for comptroller and a minimum wage hike as topics. Likely date is January 8th.
* 11:26 am - I reached out to House Speaker Michael Madigan’s spokesman for comment. Regarding the comptroller issue, he had “Nothing new” to add. It’s “still an executive department matter,” he said, saying that Speaker Madigan remains “hopeful” the governor and governor-elect “can reach a sensible solution.”
* 12:05 pm - Press release…
Governor Pat Quinn today called legislators back to Springfield on Jan. 8, 2015, to consider legislation that would allow voters to fill the elected position of Illinois Comptroller. A special election will give voters the opportunity to choose their Comptroller in the next statewide election on Nov. 8, 2016. The primary election is scheduled for March 15, 2016. Governor Quinn issued the following statement:
“Judy Baar Topinka’s passing has not only left us heartbroken – the people of Illinois have been left without their elected representative in the Comptroller’s Office.
“Nobody but Judy Baar Topinka was elected to do this job. That’s why it’s so important that voters have the soonest possible opportunity to elect their Comptroller. Holding a special election is the right thing to do.
“Members of the legislature should set up a special election for 2016 so that voters can exercise their democratic right to decide who will serve as their Comptroller.”
The official proclamation is here.