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Lots To Do For Lawmakers; New Concealed Carry Compromise Sought


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.

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