When lawmakers return to Springfield, will they rebuke Rauner or save some wins for Pritzker?

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State lawmakers trek back to Springfield on Tuesday, when they could decide whether to override dozens of Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner’s vetoes before he leaves office or leave the issues for Democrat J.B. Pritzker to deal with when he takes over the office early next year.

The election results mean that Democrats led by House Speaker Michael Madigan will have boosted their numbers when a new General Assembly is sworn in next year. They could choose to ignore bills Rauner vetoed over the summer and send Pritzker new ones next year to give their governor some early wins.

Or lawmakers might not let go of their sometimes bitter feuds with Rauner and choose to override some of his dozens of vetoes from the summer.

Among some of the proposals Rauner nixed: eventually raising the minimum salary for teachers to $40,000 per year, taking Illinois out of a controversial multistate voter database, and expanding voting rights to people who have been incarcerated but not convicted.

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November 12, 2018 at 03:45PM

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