Lawmakers kick off final days of fall session


Springfield (AP) -- Illinois lawmakers are convening in Springfield for the final three days of their annual fall session.


The action kicks off with Tuesday hearings on corporate tax incentives and stricter gun penalties in the Illinois House.


Same-sex marriage legislation could also come up for a vote in the coming days. The measure was approved by the state Senate in February but stalled in the House in the spring. Advocates have since launched a more collaborative push and several undecided lawmakers announced their support for the measure. Opponents say they're prepared to mount primary challenges against members who vote for the legislation.


Lawmakers are not confident there will be a vote on a deal to solve the state's $97 billion pension crisis, but they say they are making progress on a deal.

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