99th General Assembly sworn into office; lawmakers pledge bi-partisanship

SPRINGFIELD, Ill.-- Members of Illinois' Democratic-led 99th General Assembly have been sworn into office as the state enters its first divided government in more than a decade.

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle and newly elected Republican Governor Bruce Rauner are vowing to work together.

“Just like we heard when Governor Rauner was sworn in, I'm hopeful that we'll be able to come up with bi-partisan solutions and solve the problems of the state,” said Senator Andy Manar, a Democrat from Staunton.

Senator Chapin Rose, a Republican from Champaign, echoed that sentiment. He says it will take hard work from both sides.

“Chip away at the budget mess over a couple years. It's not going to happen overnight but it would put Illinois on a new course to prosperity,” Rose told WAND News.

The 118 members of the Illinois House were sworn in at noon Wednesday at the University of Illinois Springfield with Secretary of State Jesse White presiding.

The ceremony for the 19 new members of the 59-member Senate took place simultaneously at Capitol chambers with new GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner presiding. Rauner was sworn in Monday.

Democrats maintain strong majorities in both chambers.

Senate Democrats lost one seat in the Senate during the November election, reducing their veto-proof supermajority to 39 members. House Democrats' will keep a 71-member supermajority in the new session.

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