[As a commenter rightly noted, I didn’t understand what Madigan was saying, so the headline and a few other words have been changed. Oops.]
* It took him a while to get there (you should definitely watch the video), but Speaker Madigan said today that he didn’t believe an amendatory veto acceptance motion would ever get to the House…
“In all likelihood, the amendatory veto will never get to the House,” is his quote.
But asked later about the prospects for an override in his chamber, Madigan said “I think there’s a good possibility of an override in the House.” Madigan explained that as more members learn about what’s in the bill, they’re liking it a lot more.
* However, the opposite appears to be happening…
[Rep. Steve Andersson] was the GOP’s floor leader in the House until he voted to override Rauner’s veto of the budget bill. He was asked to step down from his post after his vote.
But don’t expect Andersson to break with the governor over SB1. He’s a firm “no” vote as the bill stands now.
Andersson recently told Mark Brown that he was undecided.
As lawmakers battle over school funding in Springfield, Illinois’ First Lady is stepping into the ring.
On Tues., the Rauner campaign released a digital ad that shows First Lady Diana Rauner seated on a beige couch, praising her husband’s position.
But during a press conference in Peoria Wed., Diana Rauner gave a veiled response to whether or not she supports the plan approved by the Democrat-majority Legislature.
“I’m actually not going to speak about any particular bills, I just want to say that we, all of us, know how important it is that all children have access to high quality education throughout their lives,” Rauner said.
Mrs. Rauner’s organization is on record as supporting SB 1.
* Other stuff…
* Finger-pointing continues as Cullerton says he’ll wait until Monday to send education funding bill to Rauner’s desk
* House speaker says governor won’t compromise
* The Latest: House speaker says governor won’t compromise
* CPS Renews Call on Rauner to Sign SB1 as Special Session Begins