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Progress Illinois
Ellyn Fortino

"The FOIA measure cleared both the House and Senate with veto-proof majorities at the end of May just before the spring legislative session ended. The House passed the bill on May 27 by a 77-36-1 vote. House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) voted "present." By a 41-1 vote, the bill sailed through the Senate on May 30, with the lone 'no' vote coming from State Sen. Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park). Lawmakers head back to Springfield in November for the fall veto session, which takes place November 19 to November 21 and December 2 through December 4."

"Abe Scarr, director of the Illinois Public Interest Research Group (Illinois PIRG), a statewide citizen-funded consumer advocacy organization, said HB 3796 is a "bad bill because it came from a bad process."

"The bill was introduced on the Friday before Memorial Day weekend in the final, hectic days of the legislative session and was quickly passed through both chambers," he stressed. "Had the legislature had the time to engage in a full, public debate and public scrutiny on this bill, they would have been able to hear from members of the public and affected parties on why this bill is not good for Illinoisans. "

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