- Associated Press - Sunday, May 29, 2016

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Latest on the final days of Illinois Legislature’s spring session (all times local):

7:35 p.m.

Legislation to regulate daily fantasy sports betting in Illinois has been shelved after a lawmaker accused a lobbyist of trying to buy votes for the bill.

Democratic Rep. Michael Zalewski, one of the bill’s sponsors, told colleagues in a House committee Sunday that he would not put the proposal up to a vote before the Legislature adjourns its spring session Tuesday.

Last week, Democratic Rep. Rita Mayfield said that she became privy to an email in which a lobbyist working for FanDuel and DraftKings suggested he could get support from members of the House Legislative Black Caucus in exchange for contributions to their foundations. She said she didn’t feel comfortable voting on the bill.

A spokesman for DraftKings and FanDuel said they “reject the implication” they “would partake in such behavior.”


The bill is HB3655


6 p.m.

A House committee has endorsed automatic voter registration in Illinois, but the measure will not move to the House floor.

The Executive Committee approved the idea Sunday. But the sponsor, Rep. Robyn Gabel, an Evanston Democrat, has proposed additional changes at the request of the agency most affected by the legislation - the secretary of state’s office.

The plan would allow residents interacting with state agencies to get automatically registered. Getting or updating a driver’s license from the secretary of state would be the main place. Democrats say it could add 2 million voters to the rolls. Republicans says it’s aimed at getting more Democrats registered and voting.

Gabel hopes to get the committee’s OK on changes Monday and get a House vote and Senate concurrence before Tuesday’s end-of-session deadline.


The bill is SB250.


4:05 p.m.

Illinois Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and legislative leaders have reported no progress on settling an 11-month budget standoff during their latest meeting to try to reach a compromise.

Rauner is asking Democrats who control the Legislature to pass pro-business legislation and curb the power of unions as a condition of a tax increase to address a $5 billion deficit. But Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan says he’s not willing to pass anything he believes will hurt middle-class families.

The current session ends Tuesday. Rauner said Sunday he’ll remain hopeful a deal can be reached by then. Madigan says he’s willing to continue negotiations through the summer if necessary.

In the meantime, House Democrats passed a budget last week that is $7 billion out of balance. Rauner says he’ll veto it if it reaches his desk.


11 a.m.

Illinois lawmakers will be back at work in Springfield on Sunday trying to come up with a budget plan that will have the support of members of both political parties.

Speaker Michael Madigan and House Democrats last week passed an unbalanced budget plan that is headed for the Senate. Gov. Bruce Rauner, noting the plan is out of balance by $7 billion, has made it clear he will veto it if it reaches his desk.

Rauner continues to push for a balanced budget and reforms that he says will grow the state’s economy and protect homeowners from heavy property tax burden.

Illinois doesn’t have a state budget nearly 11 months into the fiscal year. The next fiscal year starts July 1. The legislature adjourns their spring session Tuesday.

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