A final piece of Gov. Pat Quinn's legacy is up in the air as lawmakers leave Springfield without sending him legislation increasing Illinois' minimum wage.
Quinn championed the issue during his tough re-election bid. But there are few options to tackle it before Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner takes office.
Quinn can call a special session, but there's the embarrassing risk of lawmakers refusing to act. He also can attempt to persuade House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton to agree to a special session.
The Illinois Senate has passed legislation that would raise the state's minimum wage. The legislation would by 2019 increase Illinois' minimum wage to $11 an hour for workers 18 and older. The bill won't impact Chicago's decision to raise its wage to $13 by 2019. The House adjourned without voting on it.
The Illinois House has adjourned its two-year legislative session for good, without a vote on a minimum wage hike - meaning that Representatives will not be back in Springfield before Republican Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner takes over. But backers of an increase are raising the possibility that the proposal isn't quite dead yet.
In Latin, "Sine Die" means “without a date," so when House Speaker Michael Madigan said "I move that we adjourn Sine Die," he meant that current makeup of the Illinois House was adjourning for good - with no intent to meet again.