Gov. Quinn: Illinois Has Chance to Make History
By The Associated Press
Gov. Pat Quinn says Illinois has a chance to make history before the end of the legislative session this month on the issues of pension reform and same-sex marriage.
The Chicago Democrat said Monday that he wants lawmakers to approve an overhaul of the state's nearly $100 billion pension crisis by the end of the month and send it to his desk.
Lawmakers are considering two proposals from House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton.
They also have a proposal on the table that would make Illinois the 13th state to legalize gay marriage.
The plan has cleared the Senate and awaits a House vote, which is expected to be close. Quinn says he believes the votes are there.
Lawmakers' scheduled adjournment is May 31.