Two days before the start of a new General Assembly, a few Democrats in the Illinois House engaged in a rare display of pushback against their leaders — sort of. They voted against a stopgap budget that would have allowed the state to skate past, rather than resolve, its financial mess.
The caveat: Two of those members are leaving the legislature and had nothing to lose by rejecting House Speaker Michael Madigan’s budget maneuver — a patchwork spending bill that passed the House on Monday but was never considered by the Senate. Rep. Jack Franks, D-Marengo, who voted against the bill, is taking over as McHenry County Board chairman. Rep. Andy Skoog, D-Spring Valley, who also rejected the measure, lost his seat in November to Republican Jerry Long, who will be sworn in Wednesday.