Illinois House Republicans on spring session deadline not being met

State Rep. C.D. Davidsmeyer (R-Jacksonville). (Dave Dahl/WJBC)

By Dave Dahl

SPRINGFIELD – Once Democratic leaders in the Illinois General Assembly announced lawmakers would return Wednesday, you had some angry Republicans.

Supermajority Democrats set a May 19 date to end the 2023 spring session. While it was an artificial deadline – May 31 and July 1 are the dates of real consequence for legislative inactions – State Rep. C.D. Davidsmeyer (R-Jacksonville) said it was a deadline nonetheless, and blowing it is on the Democrats.

“They’ve been talking about this date forever. How many days have we canceled throughout the legislative session? It’s almost as if it’s a surprise the budget’s all of a sudden due on May 19,” Davidsmeyer told reporters. “We’ve had all the time in the world to be working on this, and it crept up on them as if it wasn’t a priority.”

“Our asks are simple,” said State Rep. Norine Hammond (R-Macomb), her caucus’ chief budget negotiator. “We want no new spending. We want to pay our bills on time; and to support good fiscal measures to increase our credit rating and continue to fund the rainy day fund.”

Republicans annually say they are left out of the process, and this year is no different.

Asked to compare and contrast House Speaker Chris Welch (D-Hillside) with predecessor Mike Madigan, House Minority Leader Tony McCombie (R-Savanna) said, “Madigan wouldn’t have, first off, drawn a map that is drawn for (78) hard Democrats,” McCombie said. “I don’t think Madigan would have put a deadline of May 19 to put pressure on his members or his staff.”

The Senate is scheduled to meet Wednesday and Thursday. The House is scheduled to meet those two days plus Friday.

Bills effective immediately require a three-fifths majority after May 31. The new fiscal year begins July 1.

Dave Dahl can be reached at [email protected]


Labor Day – Expanding voting rights for all

By Mike Matejka Because of COVID, there is no Labor Day Parade this year.  It’s always a great event for our everyday workers to march proudly down the street and enjoys the festive crowd. If there had been a parade, this year’s Labor Day theme was to be “150 years of struggle: your right to vote.” …

Is federal mobilization the answer?

By Mike Matejka As President Donald Trump threatens to send federal marshals into Chicago, over the objections of Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker, recall another Illinois Governor who protested the incursion of armed federal personnel into the city.   Those federal troops, rather than calming, escalated the situation, leading to deaths and violence. Illinois poet Vachel Lindsay…

In these troubled times, to my fellow white Americans

By Mike Matejka Our nation is at a unique watershed in human relations. African-Americans have been killed too many times in the past before George Floyd, but the response to this man’s death is international and all-encompassing. I was a grade-schooler during the Civil Rights 1960s. I watched Birmingham demonstrators hosed and the Selma – Montgomery…

Workers’ Memorial Day – Remember those whose job took their life

Looking around our community, when we say employer, most will respond to State Farm, Country, or Illinois State University.   We too often forget those who are building our roads, serving our food, or our public employees. COVID-19 has made us more aware of the risk.  Going to work every day for some people means…