A longer stay in Springfield for the Legislature The tiff between the governor and the speaker of the House has expanded to what time the Legislature meets to work on the budget impasse.
Gov. Rod Blagojevich called a fourth special session for 2:30 p.m. Saturday to keep the House from leaving town for a brief weekend break before returning Sunday.
="http://cbs2chicago.com/topstories/local_story_188130907.html">Ok, so make the best of spending more time in Springfield, take in a museumBlagojevich's third special session call was for 2 p.m. Saturday. But House Speaker Michael Madigan convened the House at 10 a.m., saying the governor has the authority to call the General Assembly to a meeting, but not to dictate the time.
Blagojevich had called for a third special session to discuss the state budget for 2 p.m. Saturday. But House Speaker Michael Madigan convened the House at 10 a.m. and later adjourned it, saying the governor has the authority to call the General Assembly to a meeting, but not to dictate the time.
House Speaker Michael Madigan defied Gov. Rod Blagojevich, convening and adjourning the chamber at 10 a.m. Blagojevich then issued another special session decree, this one for 2:30 p.m.
Disgruntled legislators, with little to do while their leaders wrangle with Blagojevich over a spending plan, were not happy.
"I'm not sticking around here all afternoon," said Rep. Bill Black, R-Danville. "I have a yard to mow. I have things to do at home. I got a call last night from my dog."