It’s a big win for Governor Bruce Rauner, and a big loss for AFSCME.
The Illinois House has failed to override Rauner’s veto of a bill that would have forced binding arbitration if no agreement can be reached on a new contract with the largest state employees union. House Speaker Mike Madigan needed 71 votes to override, but only got 68.
Representative C.D. Davidsmeyer of Jacksonville voted “Present”.
Madigan says one key member of his Democratic caucus may be to blame for a failed effort to override the Governor’s veto. Democratic Representative Ken Dunkin of Chicago failed to show up in Springfield on Wednesday.
Governor Rauner is praising House members who voted “no” or “present” on Wednesday’s override attempt. Rauner says those House members stood with taxpayers over special interests. But, AFSCME says Rauner engaged in, quote, “the most ruthless campaign of threats, lies and intimidation ever seen” at the Statehouse.