ILLINOIS (WIFR) – The Illinois House and Senate have less than 48 hours to tackle some major policy decision. Their spring session comes to an end tomorrow night.
Today, lawmakers took on the State budget. The Senate gave its final approval to parts of it, sending the legislation to Governor Pat Quinn. The proposed $35 billion general revenue fund budget avoids cuts to education, for the first time in at least four years. Both chambers are expected to approve the final pieces of the budget package Friday.
However, there’s still a lot of legislation still up in the air.
The House still needs to vote on a gaming bill that would create 5 new casinos in the State, including one here in Rockford. We’re also still awaiting their decision on gay marriage. Both the House and Senate bills that try to tackle pension reform have pretty much come to a standstill. There’s still quite a bit of disagreement on concealed carry legislation. Lawmakers have until June 9th, to pass a bill to regulate that.
"Everything is so fluid with only about 36 hours until mandatory adjournment. It's extremely difficult to nail anything down. It's like trying to nail Jell-O to the wall. You know over the 11 years that I've been here, everything happens in the last two days, so a lot may happen yet.”