The Illinois legislature wrapped up its Fall Veto Session on November 8 and now prepares to return to Springfield in early January for the second year of the 100th General Assembly. This year’s Veto Session was truly all about the vetoes.
A large number of vetoes by Governor Bruce Rauner were addressed during the two weeks of Veto Session (October 24-26 and November 7-9) and most of the Governor’s vetoes that were voted on by legislators were overridden and put into law over his objections. One major exception was his veto of a bill prohibiting local governments from establishing “right-to-work” zones which was upheld on two different votes in the House of Representatives. The margin in both situations was one vote.