In violation of House rules, Illinois House Democrats used a subject matter only meeting yesterday to advance legislation aimed at steering $100 million in taxpayer funds towards an attempt to attract the Obama Presidential Library to Chicago.
“The legacy of the Obama Presidential Library shouldn’t be kicked off in a cloud of controversy,” stated State Rep. Ed Sullivan (R, Mundelein). “Not only was the meeting a misrepresentation, so was the false roll call taken.”
Sullivan referred to the Illinois House Executive Committee vote yesterday on House Bill 6010. The legislation was brought up in what appeared as a subject matter hearing, meaning testimony was to be taken, but no votes were to be cast. At the meeting, only four of the committee’s eleven members were present.
Without a quorum (no Republicans were present), the four present Democrat members claimed the committee roll call to be 9-0 (9 voting “yes” and 0 voting “no”) on the proposal -- counting those Republicans who oppose the legislation, but were not present, as a "yes" vote.
“The roll call appears to be unequivocally out of order," said Sullivan. "It is often the case that the majority party in Illinois will simply change the rules to get what they want accomplished. In this case they didn’t even care to change the rules, they just flat out broke them.”
Under current House rules, a committee cannot vote on measures unless a quorum is present and the proper posting requirements have been met.
The Illinois House reconvenes April 29th. It remains unclear at this point what action will be taken on House Bill 6010, but Rep. Sullivan intends to object to the advancement of this legislation.