SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois state Capitol will be awash in flowers, family members and well-wishers as the Legislature begins a new session.
Members of the House and Senate will be inaugurated Wednesday as part of the 101st General Assembly.READ MORE: New Executive Order Gives More Access To Victims In Alleged Police Misconduct Cases In Chicago
Both chambers will be sworn in at noon. Secretary of State Jesse White will preside over House ceremonies at the University of Illinois Springfield.
Members are expected to elect Chicago Democrat Michael Madigan to a 19th term as speaker. Democrats have a 74-44 majority in the House.READ MORE: Three Teens Under 16 Arrested After Carjacking, Police Pursuit From Chicago To Indiana
Gov. Bruce Rauner will convene the new Senate at the Capitol before members take an expected vote to elect Chicago Democrat John Cullerton president to a 9th term. Cullerton leads 40 Democrats to 19 Republicans.
The current Senate will convene Wednesday morning to consider final legislation.MORE NEWS: Chicago Weather: Warm Stretch Begins With Temperatures In The 50s
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