This is the Illinois that many people never see — the sparsely populated southern tip where flat farmland gives way to rolling hills, rocky outcrops, thick forests and cypress swamps.
Major issues include oil drilling, casinos and same-sex marriage.
State lawmaker from Chicago says it is, and he wants to ban the process.
Bill would require three-fifth’s vote instead of simple majority during lame-duck sessions.
Opponents said it was a breach of both confidentiality and competitiveness.
The proposal to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples will get a committee hearing but there aren’t currently enough votes to pass it on the floor.
The Senate will be in session three days, Wednesday through Friday, and the House for three days, next Sunday through Tuesday (Jan. 6-8).
Lawmakers could consider legislation on driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants, pensions and gay marriage.
A plan to cut government pensions and shift some retirement costs to schools has cleared its first hurdle in the Illinois Legislature.
House members to take another crack at passing tax relief package