House Speaker Mike Madigan got the 71 votes he needed to pass a “veto-proof” one-month budget bill Thursday afternoon.
I put “veto-proof” in quote marks.
71 votes are enough to override a promised veto by Governor Bruce Rauner.
But, Rauner must veto the bill before the number 71 really means anything.
The State Constitution gives the Governor 60 days to decide whether to sign or veto a bill.
Once the bill is vetoed, Madigan has to get all his minions on the House floor once the vetoed bill is returned to the Illinois General Assembly.
There is no reason for Rauner to veto the bill immediately.
In the meantime, the 71st vote–that of State Rep. Jack Franks–will have to withstand any pressure, if any, that
- local Republicans and
- the mainstream media decides to exert
He will continue to sweat.
In the meantime, potential Republican Party opponents can salivate in the hope that Rauner will decide to target Franks for defeat in the 2016 election.
And, maybe, Steve Reick, the man who ran against Franks last year will trot out the signs equating Jack Franks to his ultimate boss Mike Madigan.
The one with movable type has been destroyed as part of the Route 14 widening project.
The yard signs, however, may still be in Reick’s garage.
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