Relieved, with a touch of excitement. Government seems to be functioning in Illinois again. Bargaining with unions, in good faith, drafting legislation with individuals that don’t want to grandstand, but want to sit at the table and find solutions. This is how it should work. I really can not believe what has happened this week, when I think about the previous four years.
I can say staff is very unhappy. They work their butts off, many sleepless nights (literally) for months. They are not thanked enough, underpaid, undervalued. And serve at the pleasure (and displeasure) of the legislature that can’t even get their things in order.
Tired but ask me in another five minutes and the answer may be different. Elated? Disappointed? No idea. There is nothing like the end of session. You can only understand it if you work here or maybe design roller coasters for a living. And this session…wow. Kudos to staff! I can only imagine how exhausting this is for them.
What a day. What started with a prayer, AFSCME deal, recreational pot, budget + capital + gaming bills all introduced, HGOP walk away to come back with a deal, JB working caucuses and active in leaders meetings, RHA bill, extension of session, wow. This place always amazes me. Whatever sides you’re on, it was quite a day. And as of 12:15, it’s not over.