Springfield's Special Session

What makes it special

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    Part of what makes this session so special.

    Illinois legislators return to Springfield today to open a special session called by the governor to solve the state's budget mess.

    What will make the session special? Let's take a look.

    - The guest china will be used in the Senate mess

    - Square dancing on Saturday nights

    - Will be allowed to vote "Present, but don't tell my wife I'm here"

    - Legislators can redeem "frequent dealmaking points" at the House gift shop or in the form of earmarks

    - Face time with the governor now just $10,000

    - Bring a Lobbyist To Work Day extended for the duration

    - Pin The Tax Hike On The Governor for cash and prizes nightly in Michael Madigan's office.

    - One additional mulligan per hole allowed on House golf course

    - Free posturing for every member

    - Best partisan soundbite wins immunity challenge

    Steve Rhodes is the proprietor of The Beachwood Reporter, a Chicago-centric news and culture review.