House Speaker Calls ‘Continuous Session’
In this Feb. 17, 2016 photo, Illinois Speaker of the House Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, left, looks on as Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner delivers the State of the Budget Address in the House chambers at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield, Ill. Rauner says Madigan and daughter, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan were complicit in a scheme to create a crisis over the budget mess by trying to get a court declaration that state employees should not be paid without a budget. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)
The Illinois House Speaker says it’s not that lawmakers are leaving the Capitol without a budget. Mike Madigan yesterday said lawmakers are simply preparing for a ‘continuous session.’ Madigan dismissed lawmakers last night without voting on a state budget. Republicans say it’s irresponsible to leave the state in limbo. Illinois hasn’t had a full state budget in nearly two years.