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Few Illinois Lawmakers See Purpose of Special Sessions

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Illinois lawmakers are coming back to Springfield tomorrow. They’re being summoned to the Capitol to deal with education funding and a statewide construction program. But few expect progress will be made.

Governor Rod Blagojevich has called special sessions for both Tuesday and Wednesday. His decision admittedly won’t endear him to lawmakers who see no purpose to the sessions.

BLAGOJEVICH: I think my relationship with the legislature is so good, I don’t think anything can hurt it. (laughter)

Blagojevich’s sarcastic tone is fitting as most in the General Assembly question why a special session to deal with education funding is being ordered when the Governor opposes the only plan on the table, one that would raise the income tax to help schools. The Governor says people already pay too much in taxes.

Wednesday’s session to consider a construction package faces House opposition over how to pay for it. If the legislature fails to reach a compromise on either issue this week, there could be more special sessions to come. Blagojevich has indicated he might call lawmakers back repeatedly starting after Labor Day.

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