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State

Legislature enters final scheduled session day

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois General Assembly is holding its final scheduled meeting of the year.

The Illinois House is expected to vote on stiffer penalties for felons and gang members who illegally carry guns. The Senate is poised to vote on providing tax incentives to two major companies to stay in Illinois.

Lawmakers will adjourn Thursday and return in January unless they're called back sooner for a special session.

History in Illinois was made this week when the Legislature voted Tuesday to legalize same-sex marriage.

Still, other issues remain unresolved.

A bipartisan committee tasked with solving the state's $100 billion pension problem says it's making progress but hasn't reached an agreement.

House Speaker Michael Madigan says he hopes lawmakers will return to Springfield before the end of the year to approve legislation.

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