The Illinois State Legislature continues to operate in overtime while trying to solve budget issues. In an attempt to split lawmakers who are against his plan to increase government spending, Governor Rod Blagojevich (D) used the extra time to call a special session on gun control, hoping to breath life into Senate Bill 1007. Sponsored in the Senate by Senator Dan Kotowski (D-33), SB 1007 would ban the manufacture, possession, delivery, sale, and purchase of standard capacity ammunition magazines capable of holding more than ten (10) cartridges.
Refusing to be bullied by the governor, the bill’s sponsor in the House, Representative Harry Osterman (D-Chicago) made it known that they did not have the supermajority of 71 votes needed to see the bill passed, so there was no need to delay a budget resolution with an off topic vote that would be overwhelmingly defeated. The House of Representatives will now turn their full attention at resolving the budget crisis.