* Almost exactly four years ago…
It’s a time-honored tradition for Illinois governors to invite lawmakers, journalists and members of the public to ceremonial bill signings, an easy way for the chief executive to take credit for accomplishments and create a sense that he’s getting things done. Rauner has signed more than 400 bills into law since he took office in January. He has held zero public signing ceremonies.
Asked why that’s the case, Rauner spokesman Lance Trover did not directly answer the question but did say the “work of the General Assembly is not done.”
The governor’s allies in the General Assembly put a finer point on it: The stalemate has set up a situation where Rauner has tried to keep the focus on his agenda and the pressure on Democrats to pass it. Highlighting the achievements of others would detract from that effort.
“Bill signings are ceremonial, and they’re meant to be almost like victory laps,” said House Republican leader Jim Durkin of Western Springs. “I don’t see any reason why anybody would be celebrating what has happened in Springfield until we get a budget done.”
And that refusal to celebrate any victory - small or large - continued almost unabated for years. He refused to take a win on just about anything until he had to declare defeat last November.
* Capitol News Illinois today…
Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Tuesday signed the final three bills of the 599 sent to him by the Illinois General Assembly during the spring legislative session.
Per the final tally, Pritzker signed 591 of the bills into law, while vetoing seven and sending one back to the General Assembly with an amendatory veto. The General Assembly will return in late October and early November to discuss new legislation and consider overriding any of the vetoes.
Among the final measures signed by the governor this week was the Home Energy Affordability and Transparency Act, which aims to provide greater regulation on alternative energy providers, many of whom go door to door locking customers into high energy rates.
Unlike Rauner, Pritzker has held numerous bill signing events. There have been exceptions, however. He didn’t have any sort of event when he signed Leader Durkin’s Sterigenics-related bill into law, for instance.
…Adding… Pritzker deputy press secretary…
* CUB Statement On Gov. Pritzker Signing HEAT Act
* Public companies in Illinois will soon have to disclose racial, gender makeup of corporate boards
* IL bars and restaurants can now fill growlers and crowlers: A growler is a 64 ounce resealable jug, a crowler is a 32 ounce can that breweries use to serve to-go beer .