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5/27/2013 12:05:00 PM
Illinois lawmakers head into the final stretch

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois lawmakers are at work in Springfield with a full agenda and just five days left in the scheduled legislative session.

The House worked briefly Sunday and convened today at noon. The Senate returned at 4 p.m.

Both chambers must agree on a budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1 and decide among competing proposals to permit the carrying of concealed weapons.

There are also differing plans between the two houses for reforming public employee pensions to close a $97 billion shortfall in what’s owed to current workers and retirees.

There is a plan to expand legalized gambling and establish regulations for hydraulic fracturing — or “fracking” — for oil and natural gas.

The scheduled adjournment day is Friday.


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