With House Absent from Capitol, Governor, Senate Feeling Frustrations


Springfield - Before adjourning from session last week, state representative Tom Demmer (R-Rochelle) urged the Speaker of the House to keep lawmakers in Springfield, saying, "if you vote no, you're voting to leave for more than a month, and not come back until April."

Five days ago the House of Representatives left the Capitol with no intention of returning until April 4th.

That would mark the 10th month of the fiscal year and that is something the governor said should serve as a glaring reminder of why all lawmakers continue to be in Springfield.

"They're gone.  They're on vacation.  They're not doing their jobs.  We're not solving the crises before us," the governor said.

He added that there are too many key issues going on right now for lawmakers to be taking a break.

"We're in the middle of a budget crisis.  We're in the middle of a higher education funding crisis.  We're in the middle of a map grant funding crisis.  And they leave town, with no solutions," said Rauner.

The governor is not the only one displeased.  Members of the state Senate say their partners should be here because the first step to compromise is everyone being at the table.

Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) said that, "month in, month out, we start to think we're taking a step forward, it seems sometimes we end up taking a step back."

"If you're always here then there's a chance you can sit down and negotiate because we know you're not going to negotiate if you're not here," added Dave Syverson (R-Rockford).

Until all lawmakers return to Springfield to work, everyone else is left feeling the frustration.

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