Big issues remain as Illinois legislature enters final day

Big issues remain as Illinois legislature enters final day

Big issues remain as Illinois legislature enters final day

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by SARA BURNETT

Associated Press

Posted on May 31, 2013 at 4:07 AM

Updated Friday, May 31 at 6:53 AM

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- It’s the final day of the legislative session, and Illinois lawmakers still have to deal with the state’s biggest issues.

There’s no finalized plan to address the state’s nearly $100 billion pension crisis. The Senate has defeated a House-backed overhaul, and a union-backed proposal is sitting in a committee.

Those involved in talks on legalizing the concealed carry of weapons say they’re ironing out details with a compromise, but it hasn’t been revealed publicly yet.

Before Friday ends, lawmakers may also take votes to legalize same-sex marriage, on a gambling expansion proposal and on a plan that would regulate high-volume oil and gas drilling in Illinois.

Lawmakers also need to approve a budget Friday.
 

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