(Springfield, IL) — March 17, 2010. State Senator Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago) has snagged chief sponsorship of a House bill that requires candidates for Governor and Lt. Governor to run as a team during the primary election.
The legislation, House Bill 5820, initiated by House Deputy Majority Leader Lou Lang (D-Skokie), which maintains the controversial office in the state constitutional line-up, was approved, 90-5-03, by the House last week.
In addition to Lang, House sponsors include: Art Turner (D), Paul Froehlich (D), Cynthia Soto (D), Karen.Yarbrough (D), Daniel Beiser (D), and Barbara Flynn Currie (D)
While the Lang bill aims to maintain the office made infamous by Democrat Scott Lee Cohen’s electoral misadventure, House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) and State Rep. Harry Osterman (D-Chicago) are sponsoring a constitutional amendment, HJRCA50, to abolish the office.
The House Executive Committee ok’d, 8-0-3, the Madigan-Osterman plan on February 25.
We’ll see if Raoul moves the Lang bill through the Senate.