Rulers and the rules

Rulers and the rules

Posted by Mike Riopell on Wed, 01/30/2013 - 14:40

The Illinois House adjourned today after an hour or so on the floor, debating the rules that will govern the chamber's actions for the next two years.

The Democrats led by House Speaker Michael Madigan of Chicago made the rules, which give an immense amount of power to the controlling party. So Republicans were furious.

State Rep. Ed Sullivan, a Mundelein Republican, sarcastically offered another to be added to the list.

"Be seated. Be quiet. And vote the way your leadership wants."

Democrats shot back, though.

The more controversial rules the House adopted Wednesday were largely modeled on Republicans' rules from their two years of power in the middle 1990s, then under House Speaker Lee Daniels of Elmhurst.

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