Looking Ahead in Springfield



With just two weeks left in the legislative session, Illinois lawmakers have a full plate of controversial issues to tackle.
 
They're scheduled to consider two major pension overhaul proposals aimed at addressing the worst pension problem nationwide and they must approve a budget that could contain some difficult cuts.
 
Lawmakers are also scheduled to take up legislation allowing same-sex couples to marry, which has passed the Senate and awaits a House vote.
 
Legislators will also consider a bill that could regulate the practice of high-volume oil and gas drilling, or "fracking." Supporters say it could create thousands of jobs, but critics worry about pollution.
 
The session is scheduled to adjourn May 31. But lawmakers also face a June deadline to legalize concealed carry after a federal court order.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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