Election Day saw Democrats win every statewide office including the reelection of JB Pritzker as Governor. The victories for Democrats were not contained to the executive branch as both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly will once again be controlled by Democratic super majorities. With results still coming in, Illinois Speaker of the House Chris Welch (D-Westchester) looks to have expanded his caucus by four members while Senate President Don Harmon (D-Oak Park) will see his caucus shrink by one or two members depending on final vote tallies. However, both Harmon and Welch will be in strong positions to continue to preside over their respective chambers in the 103rd General Assembly.
Democrats Win All Statewide Offices; Keep Supermajorities in General Assembly
The annual Fall Veto Session is scheduled to run from November 15 to November 17 and November 29 to December 1. Fall Veto has traditionally been a time for the General Assembly to review post-Spring Session gubernatorial action and decide if they would attempt to override those vetoes. With a Governor’s office and a General Assembly in nearly perfect ideological alignment, there have been few vetoes to address in recent years. Instead of veto override votes, the session days may be used to address policy changes the majority would like to see. Earlier this summer the Illinois House announced working groups on reproductive health, firearms safety, mental health, and online extremism. It is possible that legislation could be presented on any or all of these topics. IASB staff will be in attendance to monitor veto session action before joining you at the Joint Annual Conference.
Illinois General Assembly Scheduled to Return to Springfield
We hope you have made plans to join IASB at this year’s Joint Annual Conference, occurring in Chicago November 18-20. While there are a variety of learning opportunities available, we wanted to highlight some panels that will be presented by the IASB Government Relations Department.
IASB Governmental Relations Staff to present variety of panels at Joint Annual Conference
IASB staff will be joined by special guests in different panels including:
- Friday 2-3: Federal Grants for School Districts
- Friday 2-3: Delegate Assembly Overview
- Saturday 2-3: Statewide Education Policy
- Saturday 2-3: Advocacy Strategies
- Sun 8:30- 9:30: Coffee and Conversation
Advanced online registration for delegates to the 2023 IASB Delegate Assembly is open and recommended. The Delegate Assembly will take place at November’s Joint Annual Conference in Chicago. Only district roster managers can register the school district’s delegate online. Once registered, the delegate will need only to pick up the packet and credentials at the Joint Annual Conference.
Advanced Delegate Assembly Registration Available Online
Although pre-registration is recommended, onsite in-person registration will be available. Onsite registration and packet and credential pickups will take place all day Friday in the IASB Info Center, and Saturday morning prior to the Delegate Assembly at its Hyatt Regency West Tower location.
Members can view the 2022 Resolutions Committee Report on the IASB website. The report has also been mailed to all superintendents and board presidents.