Don’t expect same-sex marriage to pass the Illinois House anytime soon. “It’s 12 votes short of passage,” House Speaker Mike Madigan (D-Chicago, pictured) told reporters Wednesday in Springfield. The bill needs 60 House votes to pass; a count of 48 would mean at least 23 Democrats are against the bill or undecided. The measure passed the Senate on Valentine’s Day.
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Madigan added that Cardinal Francis George, the archbishop of Chicago, had contacted him to voice his opposition. On another topic, Madigan told a union convention in Springfield a pension solution must include some way to contain the cost-of-living adjustment, adding that some pensioners could be making more money in retirement than they did in employment. As for hydraulic fracturing, Madigan departs from what has been billed as a bi-partisan regulation bill, saying he is for a moratorium. As he got into a car to leave his engagement, he called out, “Read about what happened in Pennsylvania.” That state is under fire for leaving out information about toxins found in water there.