About 30 percent of the lawmakers who take the oath will be different from the person who sat in the same seat two years ago.
Several Republicans who voted to raise income taxes in 2017 didn’t run for re-election again, and some big names left for other reasons — with several departures robbing the General Assembly of some of its most influential women.
Former Senate Republican leader Christine Radogno stepped aside just before the budget stalemate was resolved. House Speaker Michael Madigan’s top deputy, Barbara Flynn Currie, didn’t run for re-election. Juliana Stratton will be sworn in as lieutenant governor in less than a week. And state Rep. Jeanne Ives of Wheaton won’t return after her narrow loss in the Republican gubernatorial primary to Gov. Bruce Rauner. […]
The turnover comes on top of a lot of turnover two years ago, too, as lawmakers departed during the first half of the state’s two-year budget impasse. That means even the sophomore lawmakers in Springfield haven’t had as much experience putting together state budgets as they otherwise would have.