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Will Super-Majority Gen Assembly Override Quinn’s Veto?

It’s taking a while for Statehouse observers to fully appreciate (or fear) the concept of an all-powerful, Democrat-controlled Legislature. With two-thirds majorities in the Illinois House and Senate, that’s what we have in Springfield. Democrats, led by Senate President John Cullerton and House Speaker Michael Madigan, can impose their will on Republicans (who hold one-third or fewer seats in each chamber) and if Gov. Pat Quinn tries to stop them with his veto pen, they can override him. The question is: Will they? (via Chicagoist)

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October 15th: Fact of the Day

Fact of the Day — All 177 Illinois House and Senate seats are in play on the Nov. 6 ballot, but nearly half are uncontested. Democrats are assured 45 seats, Republicans 39.

Quote of the day: Chicago Alderman Ed Smith

Quote of the Day – “To vote for the Unity Party candidate, you will have to split your ticket, and I would hate to see anyone trying to split their ticket and miss voting for President Barack Obama.” Former Chicago Ald. Ed Smith (28th), endorsing the re-election of State Rep. Derrick Smith, who was expelled from the Illinois House after the FBI allegedly recorded him accepting a $7,000 cash bribe.

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