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Illinois General Assembly reconvenes for veto session

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WSIL -- A busy second day of the Illinois legislature’s veto session, as the chambers voted to override a number of outgoing Governor Bruce Rauner’s vetoes, while dealing with an evacuation at the Capitol Complex due to a bomb threat.

Among bills overridden in the Senate, one that adds additional regulations on ride-sharing companies and one that that would raise the age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21.

Those bills now await overrides in the House. But though there’s been a lot of activity so far, experts don’t think it will keep up.

"I think it will look like a lame duck is in office, in the Governor’s office," said John Jackson with the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute.

He says Rauner’s impending departure, as well as an incoming Democratic super majority in both chambers, will probably lead to a slowdown over the next few days.

He says that it’s likely Democrats will wait to propose new legislation until Governor-elect J.B. Pritzker takes office in January, because it will give them a smoother road to passing their priorities, including a progressive income tax and recreational marijuana. 

"Putting all the long-range stuff off until January is naturally what they’re going to do," Jackson said. "They’re not going to take up any big initiatives as they have sometimes in the past."

He says the number of Rauner’s vetoes that have been overridden in a bipartisan manner also shows the declining influence the Governor has among Illinois Republicans. 

"It emphasizes how little political capital with his own party the Governor retains," Jackson said.

Among the vetoed bills likely to be brought up in the coming days is one that would eventually raise the minimum teacher salary to $40,000 per year.  

Republican Senator Dale Fowler was the only legislator the southern 15 counties who voted for the original bill. 

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