Springfield -- 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
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