Local Lawmaker Leads Commemoration of Latest Session

Senators Brad Burzynski of Clare and Dale Righter of Mattoon led eleven GOP senators in deriding Gov. Rod Blagojevich and Senate President Emil Jones, both Democrats, for failing to get a budget passed.

Blagojevich and Jones have struggled with legislative Republicans and Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan in closing a deficit in a $54 billion spending plan. The disagreement has led to a 60-day overtime session that threatens to disrupt Democrats' plans to attend next week's Democratic National Convention in Boston.

The longest a session previously had gone into overtime was July 19th in 1991.