Lawmakers Back at Capitol and Grumbling About Wasted Money

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Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan says the sessions have cost about $220,000 in expense payments to lawmakers.

Gov. Rod Blagojevich is calling the sessions so lawmakers have to come to Springfield. He says they should be part of budget negotiations, but Madigan and rank-and-file lawmakers call it a waste of money.

Republican Senator Kirk Dillard has a sign on his desk saying that each day of special session costs nearly as much as a teacher's annual salary.