Illinois lawmakers have a very long to-do list… and less than a week to complete it.
The General Assembly is back to work for a home stretch that could include action on a new state budget, pension reform, concealed carry, same-sex marriage, gambling expansion, and even fracking regulation. The session is scheduled to end on Friday.
Budget negotiators say they have a framework that will maintain education funding, but could reduce money to local governments.
Meanwhile, with Senate Democrats and Governor Pat Quinn flatly rejecting a compromise concealed carry bill that cleared the House last week, work has begun on a compromise to the compromise. Senate President John Cullerton objects to the House bill because it would override almost all local gun regulations. An alternate version that pre-empts local concealed carry rules, but keeps other local gun laws intact, is reportedly in the works.