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Attendance low for special legislative sessions in Illinois


Springfield, Ill. – Only 11 Illinois lawmakers showed up Sunday for special sessions ordered by Governor Rod Blagojevich.

The governor has been calling one special session after another in an attempt to pressure lawmakers into agreeing to his budget demands.

He called two for Sunday. But legislators long ago stopped taking them seriously.

That's partly because the Democratic governor has not submitted any proposals for lawmakers to consider.

Only six of 118 representatives bothered to show up this time. They were joined by five of 59 senators.

Lawmakers are waiting to see whether Blagojevich will sign or reject a state budget they approved last week.