General Assembly Adjourns

The Illinois General Assembly adjourned its spring session as scheduled on Friday, May 31st without finding a solution to the state’s nearly $100-billion public pension problem.

The Senate overwhelmingly defeated a measure backed by House Speaker Michael Madigan (D) Chicago that would have unilaterally forced state workers to work longer, pay more, and receive less in retirement benefits.  A union-backed Senate proposal offered by Senate President John Cullerton D-Chicago, that would have offered state employees and retirees a choice of options was not called for a vote in the House. 

Lawmakers passed concealed carry legislation, new “fracking” regulations for the state’s oil and gas industries, and an expansion of the state’s Medicaid program before leaving the Capitol.  A House vote on same-sex marriage failed to materialize in the final hours of the session nor was there any progress on a major gaming expansion proposal.  A Democrat-backed $35.4 billion general funds budget was approved on party line votes in the House and Senate.

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