Quinn says 'ample time' for Illinois pension deal
BERWYN, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Pat Quinn says lawmakers should have plenty of time to deal with pension reform and other major issues during a shortened lame duck session.
Legislators are scheduled to return to Springfield next week. Quinn has said he wants them to approve a fix for the state's estimated $95 billion pension crisis before new lawmakers are sworn in Jan. 9. Other issues that could be on the agenda are a gambling expansion, allowing gay marriage and a bill to let illegal immigrants have driver's licenses.
Legislative leaders in the House and Senate have canceled some of the days lawmakers had been scheduled to meet.
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