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Quinn: Veto session valuable to 'lay foundation'

Published: Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013 2:31 p.m. CDT
(AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
FILE - In this July 10, 2013 file photo, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn speaks during a news conference in Chicago. With his top Democratic challenger out of the 2014 race, Quinn says he remains focused on his day job. Quinn addressed reporters Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, in Chicago. The appearance was his first since former White House chief of staff Bill Daley bowed out of the 2014 race.

WHEELING, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Pat Quinn says he's not discouraged that lawmakers came away from two days of their fall veto session without tackling any of the major issues on their agenda.

The Chicago Democrat says the days were valuable for discussion to "lay a foundation" on the state's pension crisis and same-sex marriage.

However, neither issue came up for a vote before lawmakers left town.

They'll be back next month. Quinn says that'll be the time to take votes.

A bipartisan panel has been tasked with coming up with a solution to Illinois' nearly $100 billion pension problem, but the panel has been stalled on a plan that would save an estimated $138 billion.

Meanwhile, advocates and opponents of legalizing same-sex marriage both held rallies this week in Springfield.

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