The legislative session that ended Friday night in Springfield will be remembered for history made… and opportunities missed. Lawmakers finally passed a compromise concealed carry bill that could end Illinois’s longtime status as the only state in the nation that does not allow citizens to carry concealed firearms. The bill passed both the House and the Senate Friday. Governor Pat Quinn hasn’t said yet if he will sign it.
But lawmakers adjourned without taking significant action on pension reform… despite statements from Democrats and Republicans alike that it was the top priority of the spring session. And supporters of same-sex marriage are expressing deep disappointment after the measure was not called for a final vote. The sponsor says some lawmakers felt they couldn’t vote for it now… but might be able to during the fall veto session.
The Democratic majority in the legislature did approve a budget… one that Republicans criticized as irresponsible. And lawmakers passed a bill to allow, and regulate, the practice of “fracking.” But a bill to put a new casino in Chicago and four other cities died when talks fell apart at the last minute.