Illinois Democrats could have supermajorities in Statehouse - – Rockford’s News Leader

Illinois Democrats could have supermajorities in Statehouse


CHICAGO (AP) -- Democrats could claim veto-proof majorities in both houses of the Illinois General Assembly after Tuesday's election.

Senate Democrats won a startling 40 seats -- up from 35.

The party would have 71 votes in the House if election results hold. Democrat Kate Cloonen had a slim lead in a Kankakee-area race but The Associated Press had not yet called a winner.

Republicans picked up six House seats in the 2010 midterm election but lost all that momentum Tuesday.

Veteran Rep. Lou Lang of Skokie says Democrats can't do what they please simply because they can adopt legislation without fear of a governor's veto.

Lang is sponsor of a gambling expansion bill Gov. Pat Quinn vetoed, but Lang plans to proceed with an override vote in the current session.

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