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Same-sex marriage, pension reform big issues on Illinois lawmakers' agenda

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(KMOV) – Illinois state lawmakers get back to work on Tuesday, and there are high hopes they will focus on two big issues impacting every person in the state.

While some lawmakers want to focus on the bankrupting pension crisis, others want to give their attention on same-sex marriage.

News 4 has been told Illinois Gov. Quinn will team up with Lt. Governor Shelia Simon and U.S. Senator Dick Durbin to call for marriage equality.

The state Senate passed the same-sex marriage bill last spring. The vote now goes to the House of Representatives.

As the bill is currently written, if the House gets enough votes it would take effect immediately, making Illinois the 15th state to legalize same-sex marriage.      

Sources told News 4 there’s about a 50-50 chance it’ll pass.

“There is a possibility that they feel they have enough votes to get that done and that could happen. And then the pensions, I think is a 50-50 chance it could happen and those are the only two really big issues I’m hearing,” said Sen. Dave Leuchtefeld (R-Okawville).

As for the pension issue, state officials say Quinn’s chief concern is working with legislators to find a solution to the crisis.

Now a $100 billion in the hole, a big question remains on whether fixing the issue will be constitutional. As of right now, there’s a line in the state constitution that says pensions cannot be diminished.

Quinn is currently in the middle of a battle with the state Supreme Court to stop all legislators’ paychecks until the problem is solved.



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