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101st General Assembly Inauguration
posted: January 31, 2019
On Wednesday, January 9th, Illinois’ 101st General Assembly was formally sworn into office. However, J.B. Pritzker, the new governor, will not be sworn in until the 14th of January. This discrepancy forced outgoing Governor, Bruce Rauner, to preside over the 101st General Assembly’s inauguration.
Both Democratic and Republican leaders took the opportunity to pledge cooperation over the course of the next four years. This may be easier said than done with the supermajorities that Democrats now hold in both branches of the Illinois legislature. Both, however, seemed determined to move past the gridlock and “personal vilification” that they said characterized the previous four years. With roughly 30% of Republican House members being freshmen, it certainly provides for the possibility of forging new bipartisan relationships.
Leader Durkin’s remarks can be found on the ILHouseGOP Twitter and Speaker Madigan’s remarks can be found on the IL House Democrats Twitter.
While Madigan’s remarks offered a parting shot in his battle with Governor, Senate President Cullerton did offer his thanks for the Governor’s service. Read Cullerton’s remarks in full.
The released schedule for the 101st General Assembly’s session dates included few days in January that were not perfunctory. Be sure to check for email updates on any IASCA relevant legislation that is introduced during the month of January.