Illinois law allows either the governor or the speaker of the House and the president of the Senate together to call a special legislative session, and I agree with the handful of lawmakers now demanding they do so.

"Please call us back," said Rep. David McSweeney, R-Barrington Hills, who is one of them. "The state's being trashed, our most vulnerable citizens are being hurt and we need to do our job. We need a budget. Let's vote on things. Let's get this out of the way."

McSweeney, who reiterated his loyalty to Rauner's agenda, proposes suspending the rules against floor amendments in order to facilitate freewheeling debate and compromise."

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We’ve now passed the 90-day mark without a state budget. With bill backlogs, a mounting deficit, and social services headed for a free-fall, General Assembly members are talking revolt. There’s mounting pressure for Gov. Bruce Rauner to call a special session and keep members in the capital – not for one day a week like this summer – but for as long as it takes to cut a grand bargain.

“This has gone on long enough. It’s time for the members to rise up and demand action,” Republican state Rep. David McSweeney tells POLITICO. “I think the governor should call a special session. Bring us back until we agree on a budget.”


“It's outrageous we won’t have anything until January. We’re trashing our state,” McSweeney tells POLITICO. “Right now, we’re funding a broken pension fully and we're not funding sick children. It’s backwards. I didn’t run for office … for this.”

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