Madigan schedules Thursday vote on override of Rauner tax and budget veto

House Speaker Michael Madigan said Wednesday that he’s scheduled a vote to override Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of a major tax hike and spending plan for Thursday afternoon.

“The House will hold a vote on Thursday, July 6 to override the governor’s vetoes of the balanced budget sent to him,” Madigan said in a statement. “House Democrats look forward to working with our colleagues on the other side of the aisle to begin healing the wounds of the last several years.”

Rauner, meanwhile, was planning to be in Hegewisch Wednesday afternoon, a day after he vetoed a major income tax increase and spending plan only to see the Illinois Senate quickly vote to override him. The Illinois House earlier in the day quickly adjourned without considering an override.

Over the weekend 15 Republicans in the House broke ranks with the governor to approve the budget package and stave off further destruction to universities, social services and possibly the state’s credit rating.

Madigan, the Republican governor’s chief nemesis in a budget battle that’s consumed state government for more than two years, said he expected the package of bills to eventually become law.

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