(L to R) Our guests Stacy Davis Gates (CTU), Matt Murphy (Mac Strategies), and Dan Shomon (Dan Shomon Inc.) preview the upcoming veto session at the Illinois General Assembly on The Daily Line’s Aldercast. Credit: A.D. Quig

This week on The Daily Line’s Aldercast, publisher Mike Fourcher joins a panel of Springfield lobbyists to break down what might happen during next week’s veto session at the Illinois General Assembly. On Tuesday, the members reconvene to finish up the 2017 legislative agenda, all while they’re passing petitions for 2018 elections. So what’s being prioritized and what will be left behind?

Democrats are talking about passing a student loan forgiveness program. Conservatives want to pass a new law limiting abortions paid by taxpayer money. After the mass shooting in Las Vegas, momentum seems to be building for some kind of gun reform. What else is on the slate? And how much will actually get through that could be signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner? Our group of Springfield lobbyists sounds off:

  • Matt Murphy, a former Republican state senator from the Northwest Suburbs, now a lobbyist with Mac Strategies
  • Dan Shomon, a long time state senate Democratic staffer who later became the campaign manager for then-Senator Barack Obama. Dan is also a lobbyist who runs Dan Shomon Inc.
  • Stacy Davis Gates, a one-time teacher, now the Chicago Teachers Union’s legislative director.

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