Madigan Tells Legislators They Will Be in Session Until August

Madigan keeps session open during summer; will there be any reform?

Sunday, May 31, traditionally the final day of the spring legislative session ended on an anti-climactic tone. After walking away from the negotiating table because of their unwillingness to discuss reforms to the budgeting and taxing process in Springfield, Speaker Madigan and Senate President Cullerton told lawmakers they would be in session all summer. Madigan told House members they would not receive mileage or per diem reimbursement, but the extension of session will still cost taxpayers heavily as the demands of housing lawmakers and operating the capitol will be costly. Lawmakers will be back in Springfield on Thursday, June 4 to continue working toward a budget deal that meets with constitutional requirements for a balanced budget.