Senate Democrats Focus on Work Ahead; No Worries About House Absence

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Springfield - While the House won't return to the Capitol for another three weeks, the Senate was once again in session on Thursday.

The House's absence, along with Speaker of the House, Michael Madigan (D-Chicago), has drawn plenty of ire from Republican lawmakers.
    
They say with the state's current budget crisis a month long vacation is inexcusable.
    
However, others have said that instead of focusing on the absence of one chamber, lawmakers should continue to focus on the work in their own.

"We've had multiple hours of hearings on budget proposals related to higher education and K through 12 education which is, of course, very important.  That's going to continue now and we'll be right back at it next week.  So in the Senate, the work continues," said Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill).

The Senate returns for a two day session, next Wednesday and Thursday, and the House will return for regular session on April 4th.

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