BRUCE’S BROS

Last weekend, Governor Bruce Rauner’s veto stamp nearly ran out of ink, as he vetoed dozens of bills that passed through the General Assembly during the spring session. Staying true to the theme of his administration, Rauner’s vetoes targeted many of the state’s most vulnerable groups: immigrants, children, veterans and healthcare recipients.

Among the most egregious of the vetoed bills were proposals to mandate a $40,000 minimum salary for teachers in Illinois, tenant housing protection for immigrants, immigration protection zones, the Voices of Immigrant Communities Empower Survivors (VOICES) Act, and a bill to raise the smoke age to 21.

Lucky for Rauner, he has five buddies– we’ll call them Bruce’s Bros– in the state Senate who voted against many of these proposals the first time, before they made their way to his desk. Many of Bruce’s Bros defaulted on their secret weapon: the “no vote.” A “no vote” means that these senators didn’t stand up and do the right thing by voting for the bill, but also lacked the conviction to vote against the bill in an effort to save political face. So, when the bill was voted on, they simply didn’t participate.

The Senate Democrats are proud to represent strong Democratic candidates who are challenging the harmful votes, or lack thereof, of these Republican incumbents. As state senators, they will stand up for Illinoisans in need and show up for votes.

Shame on Governor Rauner and the Bruce Bros.

Sen. Neil Anderson – 36th District

— Didn’t vote on on immigration tenant protection
— Didn’t vote on Voices of Immigrant Communities Empowering Survivors (VOICES) Act.
— Voted no on immigrant protection zones
— Voted no on raising the smoking age to 21

Sen. Michael Connelly – 21st District

— Voted no on raising the minimum salary for teachers
— Didn’t vote on immigration tenant protection
— Voted no on VOICES Act.
— Voted no on immigrant protection zones
— Voted no on raising the smoking age to 21

Sen. John Curran – 41st District

— Voted no on raising the minimum salary for teachers
— Didn’t vote on VOICES Act.
— Didn’t vote on immigrant protection zones
— Voted no on raising the smoking age to 21

Sen. Chris Nybo – 24th District

— Voted no on raising the minimum salary for teachers
— Voted no on immigration tenant protection
— Voted no on raising the smoking age to 21

Sen. Tom Rooney – 27th District

— Voted no on raising the minimum salary for teachers
— Voted no on raising the smoking age to 21

By | 2018-08-28T20:29:55+00:00 August 28th, 2018|