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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Senate Democrats in Illinois to be fined

By Jason Stein of the Journal Sentinel

March 2, 2011 12:18 p.m

Madison -- In an effort Wednesday to step up the pressure on the Democrats, the state Senate unanimously adopted a resolution that would fine senators $100 each time they miss a session day without a valid excuse.

The rule -- approved with only Republicans present -- would apply to senators who have missed two or more unexcused session days.

The Senate's 14 Democrats fled to Illinois last month to block action on Gov. Scott Walker’s budget repair proposal. That bill — separate from the larger budget proposal introduced Tuesday — has sparked massive protests at the Capitol for seeking to repeal nearly all bargaining rights for public employee unions.

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