BERWYN, Ill. (AP) -- Gov. Pat Quinn says
lawmakers should have plenty of time to deal with pension reform and other
major issues during a shortened lame duck session.
Legislators are scheduled to return to Springfield next week. Quinn has said he
wants them to approve a fix for the state's estimated $95 billion pension
crisis before new lawmakers are sworn in Jan. 9. Other issues that could be on
the agenda are a gambling expansion, allowing gay marriage and a bill to let
illegal immigrants have driver's licenses.
Legislative leaders in the House and Senate have canceled some of the
days lawmakers had been scheduled to meet.
Speaking at an unrelated event yesterday, Quinn said he talked with the
leaders Monday and believes there will still be "ample time" to get