Illinois state lawmakers are set to return to Springfield Oct. 24 for the start of the General Assembly’s annual Fall Veto Session—a time designated to take up legislation vetoed by the Governor.
State Senator Dave Syverson (R-Cherry Valley) says Veto Session is scheduled for Oct. 24-26 and Nov. 7-9.
Unlike last year, when the Governor vetoed only one bill, the Governor has issued a total veto of three bills and amendatory vetoes of three more bills. Most notably, the Governor issued a controversial total veto of Senate Bill 76, which would loosen the state’s decades-old ban on the construction of nuclear capabilities and allow for new advanced nuclear reactors to be built. Senate Bill 76 received large bipartisan support in the Legislature.
The General Assembly’s Veto Session has also been utilized to address other legislative items that weren’t completed or didn’t come up during the spring legislative session. The Illinois Senate Republican Caucus has called for this time to be used to repeal the sunset on the Invest in Kids program, which provides scholarship opportunities for low-income families to be able to attend a school of their choice. The program is set to expire at the end of the year if no legislative action is taken.
Additionally, some City of Chicago officials have asked that state lawmakers look at potentially shifting existing budget allocations toward additional migrant-related appropriations for Chicago. Syverson says he wouldn’t be surprised if the Majority Party introduces a supplemental budget in light of those calls.