There are three ways to vote in the Illinois General Assembly:
And, of course, one can just “take a walk” and not vote at all.
Voting “Present” in the Illinois State Senate got Barack Obama some when he ran for President.
A bill on which House Speaker Mike Madigan unloaded on Governor Bruce Rauner was voted upon yesterday.
Here’s what it did:
Makes appropriations and reappropriations to various State agencies and educational institutions for specified purposes. Provides that all appropriation authority granted in the Act shall be used only for costs for services for which spending authority has not been authorized for fiscal year 2016 by any order of any court. Provides that the appropriation authority granted in the Act shall be valid for costs incurred prior to July 1, 2016. Effective immediately.
Naturally, the bill passed.
Guess who didn’t vote with Madigan?
With this article’s headline you know the answer.
It was Democrat Jack Franks.
He didn’t vote with the Republicans who cast “No” votes.
He voted “Present.”
So did two others.