The original legislation, Public Act 96-34, dealt not only with construction projects, but with spending rules, new taxes and fees, privatizing the Illinois Lottery and other issues. Additional and related legislation, which hinged on the passage of Public Act 96-34, also contained a host of topics including economic development, rental car provisions and even an urban weatherization program.
“Regardless of how the Supreme Court rules, we could avoid these problems in the future simply by adopting strict rules about mixing subjects in legislation,” Senator Brady said. “This is not the first time that the courts have raised the ‘single-subject’ question and unless we reform ourselves, it’s unlikely to be the last.
“But, that’s not the real concern. My biggest concern is the perception it creates with the public when a mish-mash of topics get lumped in together," he added. "The public is justifiably skeptical of Illinois government, especially given the events of the past decade. We need to go beyond the minimal requirements of the law in order to restore the public’s trust in state government.”