House Returns to Springfield to Take Up Binding Arbitration Bill Override

The Illinois House returns to Springfield today and could take up an effort to override Governor Bruce Rauner’s veto on a bill that would force binding arbitration between the state’s largest employee union and the Rauner administration.

The governor says Senate Bill 1229 would strip him of his ability to negotiate with AFSCME on behalf of Illinois taxpayers and calls it the “worst bill he’s ever seen”.

Members of the House, on both sides of the aisle, say they’ve received significant feedback from their districts on the bill. Representative Raymond Poe tells the State Journal-Register that feedback from his constituents has been running well in favor of overriding the bill, but fellow GOP Representative Tim Butler tells News/Talk 970 WMAY that he’s not confident an override will pass without all 71 House Democrats showing up this week… which has been a problem recently for Speaker Mike Madigan.

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