SPRINGFIELD - After Rauner victory after victory - narrowly blocking veto overrides one after another - the governor suffered a hard blow Monday afternoon at the hands of two three of his own GOP caucus members.
Rep. David Harris (R-Mount Prospect), Rep. David McSweeney (R-South Barrington) and Mike McAuliffe (R-Chicago) stunned Capitol observers when they sided with Mayor Emanuel and Speaker Madigan, voting to override Rauner's veto of a Chicago police and fire pension bill Mayor Emanuel desperately wanted.
McSweeney told Illinois Review Tuesday that his reason for supporting the override was because SB 777 would lengthen Chicago police and firefighter pension amortization ramp by 15 years and would not involve obligating state funds. And without the measure passing, Chicagoans would be hit with another $250 million in property tax hikes - something McSweeney says he will never support.
"I will never support a tax increase, and I will not support the 'grand bargain' everyone's talking about, either," McSweeney said. "Not one penny of state funding was in the bill, there was no bailout."