Big issues remain as Legislature enters final day

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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 Friday.

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