Ill. lawmakers face gambling, prisons
SPRINGFIELD – Lawmakers will be staring down some of the higher-profile issues in Illinois when they begin their fall session Tuesday. But resolution of gambling, state facility closures, immigration and medical marijuana proposals could come in the form of dramatic confrontation, negotiating-table settlements, anticlimactic if symbolic votes, or no decisions at all.
Expanded gambling, shaping up a few weeks ago as a veto-override clash, could be sidestepped during the six-day session in favor of a hoped-for agreement with Gov. Pat Quinn in January.
Lawmakers meeting during the next two weeks might vote against Quinn’s efforts to close state facilities, likely with little practical effect. And the Democratic governor’s splashy call for an assault-weapons ban could disappear without fanfare.
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