State Week: Rauner Speaks, Nasty Debate, Veto Wrap-Up
Gov. Bruce Rauner held his first news conference since losing re-election. He would not say why he thinks he and his fellow Republicans lost, but he did tell reporters he's “scared” for the people of Illinois.
Meanwhile, the legislature wrapped up its annual fall veto session, overturning the governor on a number of bills. That included legislation to raise the amount of money people can seek to recover from the state for injury, death, or other wrongdoing from the current $100,000 to $2 million.
The debate on that turned dark when Democratic state Rep. Stephanie Kifowit — choosing her words poorly, she later said — suggested injecting a “broth of legionella” into the water supply of Republican Rep. Peter Breen’s “loved one.” Kifowit at first said she’d been misunderstood, but by the next day she apologized and — with prompting from Republicans — moved to strike her remarks from the offical transcripts of House debate.