Both houses of the Illinois Legislature met in Springfield
this week for a rare fall session day, amid the ongoing budget impasse now well
into its fourth month, according to Senate Republicans.
Meanwhile, the real-world impact of that impasse – and the
majority Democrats’ refusal to embrace pro-jobs reforms – are being seen more
clearly every day. Two of the three credit rating agencies officially
downgraded the state’s credit this week, and new jobs figures highlighted the
vital importance of cutting through the logjam to get Illinois’ economy back on
The Oct. 20 Senate session was the first for State Sen.
Chuck Weaver (R-Peoria), selected last month to replace former State Sen. Darin
LaHood, who was elected to Congress. The Senate also unanimously approved the
recommendation of State Rep. Frank Mautino as the state’s next Auditor General
and hosted a speech by the Consul General of the Philippines.
The onset of fall means that Illinois’ farmers are wrapping
up the 2015 harvest and preparing their fields for next year. When preparing
for Halloween and Thanksgiving celebrations this year, Illinois residents
should remember to thank a farmer: 90 percent of the pumpkins grown in the U.S.
are raised in Illinois!