House takes month-long hiatus
Speaker Michael Madigan and House Democrats received well-deserved criticism during the week from Republican lawmakers who called a news conference to address the month-long hiatus scheduled in the House of Representatives.
“We are in a serious fiscal crisis, but the House speaker would rather play political games, instead of working for the people of Illinois and ending this budget impasse,” said State Senator Dan Duffy (R-Lake Barrington).
Senate Republicans voiced their concerns about the House’s extended break and called for the Speaker and his caucus to return to Springfield, emphasizing the importance for both chambers to be present, engaged and active in solving Illinois’ ongoing budget crisis.
Despite the opposition of House Republicans and the criticism of Senate Republicans, the House adjourned on March 3 and is not scheduled to reconvene until April 4.