Gov. Pat Quinn says Illinois has a chance to make history before the end of the legislative session this month on the issues of pension reform and same-sex marriage. Quinn says that he wants lawmakers to approve an overhaul of the state's nearly $100 billion pension crisis by the end of the month and send it to his desk.
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Lawmakers are considering two proposals from House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) and Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago). They also have a proposal on the table that would make Illinois the 13th state to legalize gay marriage. The plan has cleared the Senate and awaits a House vote, which is expected to be close. Quinn says he believes the votes are there. Lawmakers' scheduled adjournment is May 31.