Dems tighten grip on Capitol
SPRINGFIELD – New veto-proof Democratic majorities were sworn into office in both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly on Wednesday, and leaders vowed to keep trying to solve the state’s worst-in-the-nation pension problem after talks collapsed at the end of the lame-duck session.
House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton were re-elected as leaders of their respective chambers. Cullerton will oversee a 40-19 majority, the most Democrats elected in the Illinois Senate in at least 120 years.
“There is greatness within and around all of you in this chamber, and we’re going to need it,” Cullerton said after being sworn in for his third term as president. “My advice is to enjoy today and celebrate with your families, but you must know that tough decisions and votes await us in the weeks and months ahead.”
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