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Hurry up and wait as Illinois lawmakers try to finish

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois lawmakers are scurrying to wrap up the spring legislative session, which means lots of waiting while work goes on behind the scenes.

Among the issues still on the table are a state budget and new boundaries for Illinois congressional districts. The Senate could also vote on abolishing the workers' compensation system.

The House approved a measure Monday letting power companies raise their rates so they can afford to modernize.

Other than that, both chambers have been largely quiet as officials and lobbyists meet or staff prepares bills for later votes.

The session is scheduled to end Tuesday night. If it doesn't, new rules kick in that will give the Republican minority a say in what passes and what doesn't.

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