Despite being called back to the Capitol by Governor Rod Blagojevich for two more special session days on August 12 and 13, Senate Republicans anxious to get to work on fixing the state’s numerous problems found that Democrats would rather party and politick.

In fact, on August 13 – day two of the two-day Special Session – the majority party opted to spend the morning and afternoon at the State Fair and not come to work until well after 5:00 p.m., said Senator Tim Bivins, and even then, no progress was made on any of the topics the special session was meant to address.

However, the special session did bring about one positive development: a vote to reject the legislative and state official pay raises that were set to go into effect automatically. On August 12, the Senate voted to reject the recommended bump in salaries, which ranged from 7.5 percent to 8.5 percent.

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