By Dave Dahl
SPRINGFIELD - If you are a Republican in Illinois, you are probably still licking your wounds.
State Rep. Wayne Rosenthal (R-Morrisonville), who just won his second term in the Illinois House, says the party’s problems are not new: “It really all goes back to the fact that we lost the governor’s race two years ago, and then not having any ability to have any input in the lines being redrawn, and I think when you look at the way the lines are drawn, you see the results from them, and some of those districts are just tough."
Democrats have strengthened their numbers in the House and Senate, so much so that they control more than three-fifths of the votes.
Even before the new General Assembly is seated, some January session days are on the schedule. State Sen. Dale Righter (R-Mattoon) says he fears the lame duck session - in which, unlike the fall veto session, bills can pass with a simple majority - could bring something along the lines of making the 2 percentage point increase in the income tax permanent.
“I’m not sure this is a time to be taking significant action that is of a partisan nature that has to do with a divisive issue,” says Righter. “I hope that we don’t see what we saw two years ago: the majority party deciding to take advantage of the votes of people who have been voted out of office to try to accomplish things that they otherwise wouldn’t get done. That’s a betrayal of the public interest.”
The veto session begins Tuesday, Nov. 27. The lame duck session is scheduled to begin Jan. 3.