Lawmakers expect to be back next week for the Illinois General Assembly

Lawmakers will have to be in some more days – probably next week – to consider a budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1. (WJBC File Photo)

By Dave Dahl

SPRINGFIELD – When the leaders of the Illinois General Assembly drew up their 2023 schedule, today – May 19 – was supposed to be the last day of the session. But the lawmakers will have to be in some more days – probably next week – to consider a budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

On a slow Thursday evening,  State Rep. Jeff Keicher (R-Sycamore) asked the presiding officer, State Rep. Barbara Hernandez (D-Aurora), what to expect.

“We to date have not seen a draft copy of any budget yet. We are approaching our deadline. We are due to be out of session (Friday). I was wondering if anyone in the chamber has seen a draft copy or when one might be available,” Keicher said, “or also any revenue estimate upon which that budget is going to be based.”

Hernandez only said, “The chair will inquire,” and that’s the last we heard about that.

Another Republican, State Rep. C.D.Davidsmeyer (R-Jacksonville), accused the controlling Democrats of wasting everybody’s time. Still another, State Rep. Dan Caulkins (R-Decatur), said Democrats are practicing the sort of behavior which sent many lawmakers to prison.


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