Regular Sessions of the General Assembly in Illinois begin on the second Wednesday in January (as per the Illinois Constitution) and adjourn at the end of May. Newly elected officials are sworn in and assume their legislative duties in the General Assembly on this day. This year: January 9, 2013.
Special Sessions of the General Assembly can be called by either the Governor or the presiding officers of each house for consideration of a specific issue or emergency. Often these gatherings are the result of an economic concern or special need. In addition, Special Sessions deal with impeachments or confirmations of political appointments. Recall Governor Quinn’s convening a special session this last summer to deal with pensions, one which failed to bear any fruit due to the impasse regarding cost shifts to local districts.
We Are One Illinois (http://www.weareoneillinois.org/news/save-the-dates-january ) is calling for possible days of action in Springfield by its over 600,000 members from January 3 through January 8. Clear your calendar.