URBANA, Ill. (AP) — Two Indiana House Democrats taking part in their party's boycott of Republican-backed proposals are using some of their time away from Indiana to dig into a story that Abraham Lincoln once jumped out of a window to block a vote on a bill he opposed.
The Journal Gazette of Fort Wayne reports that Democratic Reps. Win Moses of Fort Wayne and Matt Pierce of Bloomington drove Sunday from their hotel in Urbana, Ill., to Springfield, Ill., to visit the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.
Museum researchers told the lawmakers that in 1840 Lincoln tried to leave the Illinois chambers to block a vote on a banking bill he opposed.
Although the Illinois capitol building's doors were locked, Lincoln jumped out a window to deny the Illinois House a quorum.