Democrats in the Illinois Senate, as well as one Republican, voted to override Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto of a labor bill on Wednesday.
The override came just hours after the governor urged lawmakers against such a move and blasted Democrats during Governor's Day events at Illinois State Fair for operating a "dictatorship" in Illinois. He also blamed state Dems for creating the state's problems.
"Illinois has become a dictatorship from Chicago to the taxpayer, and you can see where that's gotten us," the governor said.
The labor bill in question, SB 1229, would ban a state worker strike or lockout by the administration if negotiations break down over a labor contract. If contract talks stall, the measure would require binding arbitration to resolve the issue.
AFSCME, which saw its contract with the state expire June 30, backs the bill. AFSCME and the Rauner administration have agreed to temporarily extend the contract to continue negotiations.
Rauner vehemently opposes the arbitration legislation, telling reporters Tuesday that it could "cost taxpayers in Illinois billions of dollars beyond what I think we could negotiate if we were allowed to do it in good faith and complete the process."
The governor on Wednesday said the 38 Senators who voted to reverse his veto of the bill picked "special interests over the taxpayers."
"It is now up to House members to take the responsible pro-taxpayer position and uphold our veto," the governor added.
According to House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago), the lower chamber has the 71 votes needed to override Rauner's veto of SB 1229.