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Illinois fall veto session resumes Tuesday

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WSIL -- The fall veto session of the Illinois legislature resumes Tuesday in Springfield but don't expect to hear a lot out of the Illinois capitol.

Even though he doesn't expect much out of this week's session, John Jackson with SIU's Paul Simon Public Policy Institute said things could change quickly.

"Sometimes veto sessions have an agenda and then something that's sort of late-breaking news, not on the agenda, becomes the major thing they deal with," Jackson said.

Some of that late-breaking news includes recent reports of sexual harassment at the capitol.

"There's been a certain element to the culture there for a long time and allegedly, a fair number of incidents, so it's certainly not news to those who have stayed around the capitol," Jackson said.

And a new bill lawmakers could vote on would setup a sexual harassment training program to deal with those issues.

"We at the university level have been undergoing that training for several years now," Jackson said. "In fact, they are looking at adopting the university training regimen, all of those things that we go through, as a model that they may adopt for the general assembly."

Another issue in the news because of Sunday's church shooting in Texas is gun control but Jackson doesn't expect much movement on that.

"The bump stock (ban) failed in the House and my prediction would be that it would fail again because of the NRA," Jackson said. "We go through the same routine every time and nothing really comes of it."

The Senate is expected to take up an override of the governor's veto of a bill requiring state agencies to issue monthly debt reports. Sen. Paul Schimpf (R-Waterloo) voted against the bill initially but he might vote in favor of it the second time around.

"I've gotten a lot more information since that first vote that I took a couple months ago about how bad the problem was with Illinois government agencies hanging onto vouchers and not submitting them to the Comptroller's office," Schimpf said.

"That does illustrate the principle that legislators get new information and they learn new something in the process of debating whether or not to override," Jackson said. 

The session begins Tuesday but Jackson said he'd be surprised if lawmakers stayed at the capitol beyond Wednesday.

"They just want to get out of town," Jackson said.

Once the veto session wraps up, lawmakers won't return to Springfield until the start of the new legislative session in January.

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