Meanwhile down in Springfield, out state legislatures will not be dismissed on time, they will have to work until at least the end of June
Legislators have struggled for months to help consumers deal with electric bills that for some have doubled or tripled after a 10-year rate freeze ended.
Heading into Thursday's scheduled final day of the legislative session, there was still no consensus -- and no clear sign that an agreement on rate relief or another rate freeze could be reached.
House Democrats have repeatedly supported rolling back rates to last year's levels and freezing them for another year or even three, while Senate Democrats have pushed for negotiated relief.
Lawmakers said today negotiations had intensified under the rate freeze threat but still couldn't guarantee that it would produce a solution.
Another complication is that a constitutional requirement likely prevented the Senate from sending a three-year rate freeze plan Thursday to Gov. Rod Blagojevich's desk.
Even a fast-approaching deadline might not matter. Lawmakers haven't been able to agree on a new state budget and the possibility of wrapping up their work Thursday was slim.
Some legislators predicted Thursday wasn't the end for an electric-rate solution.
This State and County have seen plenty of fights over budgets. Plenty of fur flying down in Springfield for so many reasons. Emil Jones, State Senate President and Mike Madigan, state speaker of the House, can be found where the fur is flying.
Summing up why fur is flying in Springfield, this time for a longer period of time