Veto session in Springfield has been canceled. "The front page in today's Springfield paper warns of a COVID 'tsunami' sweeping the region and its health care system," said Illinois Senate President Don Harmon in a Nov. 10 statement. "It's not safe or responsible to have a legislative session under these circumstances." That might come as a relief to House Speaker Michael Madigan, who has faced enormous pressure from investigations into corruption, including a federal probe into ComEd's bribery scandal, as well as a request to meet with members of a House corruption committee. Madigan has rejected calls for his resignation and denies wrongdoing. He has not been charged. With no vetoes to address this year, the fall session agenda had revolved around efforts to address social justice issues. Senate Majority Leader Kimberly Lightford said the legislation will be ready to consider once it's safe to do so. "While we will not be able to pass legislation as soon as we hoped, the urgency to bring an end to systemic racism remains. The moment to put forth this critical agenda is now, and I know President Harmon and Speaker Madigan share our concerns and our commitment to making a difference," she said in a statement.

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