(AP) -- The Illinois Senate returns to the Capitol on Wednesday to begin a
weeklong legislative session that could take up pension reform, legalizing gay
marriage and banning assault rifles.
The 97th General Assembly will finish its work Jan. 9 when a new
Legislature is sworn in. That means there are many lame-duck lawmakers not
returning who might feel less constrained to vote for contentious issues. The
House comes in Sunday.
Gov. Pat Quinn has made it a priority for the assembly to find a
solution to the state employee retirement programs that are underfunded by $96
Supporters of gay marriage say they have enough votes to make Illinois the 10th state
to legalize same-sex unions.
A ban on military-style assault weapons is on the agenda after the Connecticut school