(Springfield, IL) -- A push to override the governor's veto on a plan to extend the Health Alliance insurance contracts for state employees failed in the Senate yesterday. Champaign Senator Michael Frerichs says the fight isn't over.
Governor Quinn vetoed the proposal that would've allowed the extension earlier this year. A motion to override the veto fell short by eight votes. Thirteen senators who originally voted for the plan switched their votes yesterday. A temporary contract is in place until June 30th of next year - so Frerichs says employees should not be worried or concerned about their coverage. A lawsuit over the health contracts is pending in the Sangamon County Circuit Court.