The Chicago Tribune is reporting, “Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner emerged from the General Assembly’s fall session bruised by more than a dozen defeats made possible by rank-and-file lawmakers in his own party, but he survived several veto override attempts on what he called his top priorities.
Lawmakers overrode the governor’s vetoes only three times during his first two years in office, even though his rival Democrats controlled more seats at the Capitol than they do now. In their two-week veto session that ended Thursday, Democrats and some Republicans overrode 14 Rauner vetoes, bringing his tally of defeats to 18 for the year.
The willingness of Rauner’s allies to defy him more often signals a weakening of his influence at the Capitol at a time when he also faces a potential primary challenge from a rank-and-file lawmaker. Fissures among Republicans showed over the summer when some of them joined Democrats to approve an income tax hike and spending plan to break Illinois’ historic budget impasse…”