Anyone who thinks that the front page photo of Mike Madigan’s shaking hands with Republican State Rep. Steve Andersson after Andersson provided the deciding vote for the Democrats’ 32% income tax hike is living in la-la land.
It takes 71 votes to override a gubernatorial veto.
The veto was overridden by exactly that margin.
Now Andersson’s vote can be characterized as “the deciding vote.”
So can the vote of every other legislator who voted in favor of the bill, of course, but campaign hit pieces never add such an explanation.
Before Andersson cast his vote, he made it clear which way he would go.
The result was that opposition candidates were being sought before Governor Bruce Rauner’s veto was defeated.
Look for a lively Republican Primary Election in the State Rep. district that has the least amount of population in McHenry County, largely Sun City.