2 years, 1 month ago by Bob Gough
Those stunning gains also figure to weaken Gov. Pat Quinn, who no longer will have the capability of singlehandedly blocking legislation with his veto
Tuesday's election results represented what one GOP strategist late Tuesday soberly called "a bloodbath for Illinois Republicans" at the Statehouse.
With the defeat of four House Republican incumbents and a net gain of seven seats, House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) secured a 71-47 veto-proof majority in the Illinois House.
The results were similar -- and more historic -- in the Senate for Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago), who picked up a net gain of five seats, giving him a 40-19 veto-proof majority.