Illinois Senate Overrides Rauner Veto on Arbitration Bill

The Illinois Senate has voted to override Governor Bruce Rauner’s veto of a bill that would prevent a lockout or a strike in the current budget stalemate, but would also call for binding arbitration if talks between his administration and state employee unions break down.

Rauner earlier on Wednesday told a Springfield radio station that a legislative override of his veto on Senate Bill 1229 would strip him of his authority to negotiate on behalf of Illinois taxpayers.

Governor Rauner released a statement to the media, shortly after the Senate vote:

“Every Senator who voted to overturn our veto chose special interests over the taxpayers. They made it abundantly clear that they’d rather raise taxes than stand up to the politically powerful. It is now up to House members to take the responsible, pro-taxpayer position and uphold our veto.”

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