Senate Adjourns Veto Session

Illinois Senate President John Cullerton on Senate floor Thursday.

Illinois Senate President John Cullerton, D-Chicago, speaks to lawmakers while on the Senate floor Thursday

(AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

Illinois' Senate president says it's unlikely the chamber will return to work before a new General Assembly is sworn in next year.

Chicago Democrat John Cullerton made the comments as the Senate concluded its fall veto session Thursday.

He says he's keeping the chamber open to have the option of reconvening between now and Jan. 13.

"But it's not anticipated we'll be having any more action," he said.  "So, thanks once again for all of hard work these last two years, we've done a great job. Look forward to seeing you next year."

The House on Wednesday formally adjourned for the year after Speaker Michael Madigan said he didn't have enough votes for a bill raising the state's minimum wage. 

The Senate passed the bill by a 39-18 vote after the House left.
Outgoing Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn or legislative leaders could agree to call a special session, but Quinn hasn't indicated if he will do so.

A Quinn spokesman says "all options are on the table.''

Story source: AP