A high-stakes game of “chicken” between Senate Democrats and the rest of Illinois lawmakers has prompted Governor Pat Quinn to call for a special legislative session.

When Senate Democrats adjourned May 31 without backing down from $430 million in add-ons to a bipartisan budget adopted by the Illinois House, it left the state’s road and capital construction program in jeopardy.

On June 6, Governor Quinn said he’ll call legislators back to Springfield for a special session to take up the state’s construction program. The Governor warned that failure to approve the construction program could force layoffs of 52,000 people in the construction industry. To put that in perspective, the Governor said just 54,000 jobs were created last month in the entire country.

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