Breaking Their Own Rules, Democrats Raise Taxes

The Democratic supermajority broke their own House Rules during the final hours of session when they allowed lawmakers to vote three times on one piece of legislation to raise taxes. The bill passed on the third vote after failing twice before.

However, House Rules only allow for two votes. According to Rule 72, if legislation on concurrence fails to pass the second time, the bill cannot be called again for another vote. Unless, of course you are in the supermajority. By allowing a third vote, Democratic leaders were able to convince several of their own to change their votes. So, in an overnight session, the tax hike measure passed at 4:30 in the morning, on the third try.

House Republican Deputy Leader Patrick Windhorst explains Rule 72 and how Illinois Democrats broke their own “House Rules” to force their will and tax increase on the people of Illinois.