From State Senator Don DeWitte:
Veto Session Begins Next Week; Congressional Maps Released
Lawmakers return to the Capitol next week on October 19 to begin the annual fall veto session.
The two-week session is designed to allow the General Assembly to take action on legislation vetoed by the Governor.
Because Gov. Pritzker has vetoed very few bills, majority party leaders may decide to take up any number of other issues instead.
I’m hearing the majority party has a few controversial items they may bring forward for votes, so stay tuned.
Senate Republicans have continued to push for the legislature to use the annual fall veto session as a time to hold hearings to discuss the ongoing spike in violent crime across the state, and to take action on legislation to help empower the criminal justice system to get violent criminals off of the streets, get illegal guns out of communities, and shore up mental health services.
Late yesterday morning (Oct. 15), the majority party released the proposed Congressional Map that legislators will consider during veto session.
It is not unusual for the map that ultimately is brought forward for a vote to be different than the map that is originally released to the public.
Because they released the map before hearings across the state were finished, Democrats canceled two additional map hearings scheduled for this week.
The image above shows the proposed Congressional Map as it exists today.