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Illinois has a Budget, Spring Session 2014 Ends

Illinois has a Budget, Spring Session 2014 Ends

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It could have been the hour.

Just before 8 p. m. Friday, Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan (D-Chicago) was reflective, almost somber, in adjourning his chamber for the summer.

“As usual,” Madigan said, “this has been a difficult session; maybe a very difficult session. Over the last few years, nothing seems to be simple; nothing seems to be easy. It’s just one difficult, complicated issue after another.

Just after midnight this morning, the Senate was raucous and joyful. Because the House sent its highway construction bill to the Senate on Thursday, the Senate had to wait until Saturday to take a vote. Saturday came at 12:01 a. m.

The Senate plodded through its business until about 10:30 p. m. Friday, when President John Cullerton (D-Chicago) said, “I’d like to propose that the Senate temporarily suspend the Central Time Zone, and adopt the Eastern Time Zone, while simultaneously abolishing Daylight Saving Time … or we could wait an hour and a half and come back Saturday.”

The construction bill passed with no debate in the Senate.

“Have a great summer, and thank you for all your work this year,” Cullerton said to applause Saturday.

“Godspeed, God bless all,” Madigan concluded Friday.

 

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