Smith was sentenced to 5 months. That’s right around the time that Raunerhood’s ‘turnaround budget’ plan will be finalized. Word on the street is that Santa will be delivering the actual budget to the legislature shortly thereafter.
Derrick Smith will be out early for good behavior while the Governor and General Assembly will still be working on the budget because of bad behavior.
- Not quite a majority - Friday, Apr 24, 15 @ 11:37 am:
Isn’t the better question when will session actually end? I realize the budget is the last bill most years, but my bet is past even the ‘July 15′ vacation guideline the Speaker reportedly gave the House members. Oh, and I voted Smith out by a mile.
One of two things is taking place-
1) this whole thing is well choreographed theater to let everyone appeal to their base and the real solution is basically done. The talking is just for show. This seems unlikely but I wonder.
2) the more likely scenario is that a battle royale is shaping up and it will be a long hot summer. That scares me because some school districts are running out of cash and the ILGA keeps passing new mandates. The house just approved a bill mandating additional civics education that will cost schools more money.
It’ll be close, maybe the same day for both. I predict four to five months for a budget. Five days later, Rauner breaks his word concerning said budget and cuts more essential services for those who need them the most.
I can see it now, I think its fall, the governor after of months of being Madiganized has seen his budget veto overridden with more than a few Republicans voting “yes”.
He is driving to work on a road recently repaved by union workers. The streets are lined by autistic children and teachers alike voicing their displeasure with him. A smoker gives him the thumbs down while he calls the Quit Line. The Governor gets out of his car only to be greeted by Pat Quinn who asks, or is it tells, the Governor; “its not as easy as it looks, huh?” The Governor opens up the paper only to find that Indiana has stolen another minimum wage business from Illinois and as the final insult, a bill was passed making ‘ing’ the official State word ending.
I think Rauner will somehow tie the budget in with AFSCME negotiations. He won’t “lockout” the workers, he will lay them off and blame it on the GA not passing a Raunerized budget. He will use that to pressure the GA.
Smith — as part of the turnaround agenda, Rauner and the IPI file suit against the federal government claiming that the governor owns the prisons. He then closes them like he has done with most of his other businesses.
In a “This could only happen in Illinois” twist of fate, Rauner and Emanuel engineer a presidential pardon for Smith, who is appointed the same day to fill the vacancy created by the sudden and unexplained resignation of Avery “Going Rogue” Bourne, with Smith providing the deciding vote to pass the FY 2016 budget the very same day.
Ghost nailed it. I think a “CR” form of budgeting will soon be upon us.
I have a feeling that in the age of 24/7 social media - and with Governor Rauner’s massive war chest - the impetus will be to work on short term patches and deal and then come back infrequently over the summer and even fall to work on other CRs. I also think that Governor Rauner is loathe to keep calling members back in for special sessions because then he will wear the jacket for the additional costs of overtime. Just my guess.