ABOUT THE 2019 FALL VETO SESSION
Keep up with what’s going on in the Statehouse with Illinois Lawmakers’ coverage of the 2019 Fall Veto session. Hosts Jak Tichenor, Rich Miller (Capitol Fax), and Amanda Vinicky (WTTW Chicago Tonight) will provide the latest news around key legislation such as the $45 billon capital funding bill, HB 1438 (cannabis), and expanded casino gambling. New episodes begin Fri, Nov. 15 at 7:30pm.
Fears of a looming global recession and billions of dollars in overdue bills have Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker warning state agencies to prepare for big cuts next fiscal year. "He's clearly trying to curb people's enthusiasm for new spending," said Illinois Lawmakers host Jak Tichenor. The Governor ordered agency heads to draw up plans for a six and a half percent budget reduction in the weeks leading up to the General Assembly's fall veto session in October and November.
Illinois continues to owe creditors upwards of seven billion dollars after lawmakers overrode former Governor Bruce Rauner's veto of a tax increase that ended the state's historic two-and-a-half-year budget impasse in 2017. "Lawmakers are expecting a relatively light agenda in the veto session since Pritzker only vetoed a handful of bills that were sent to him last spring, but worries over the budget will likely dominate much of the discussion that does take place under the Statehouse dome," Tichenor said.
Episode #3501: Fall Veto Session | Watch Online (aired November 15 @ 7:30pm)
Illinois Lawmakers okayed a plan to consolidate downstate police and fire pensions, debated legislative ethics reforms, and struggled with how tweak Chicago casino plans. Guests include: Rich Miller of Capitolfax.com, Senate Majority Leader Kimberly Lightford (D) Maywood, Senate Republican Leader Bill Brady of Bloomington, Rep. Michelle Mussman (D) Schaumburg, and Deputy House Republican Leader Tom Demmer of Dixon.