Illinois legislators not only waited to the final week to resolve major issues, they waited until the final days. Pension restructuring, gay marriage and concealed carry still have not passed both chambers. State Rep. Elaine Nekritz (D-Northbrook) says it can be hard to pass a bill like pension restructuring, for which there aren’t immediate consequences.
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“If nothing is resolved by midnight on May 31, instead of having a simple majority we would need a supermajority of votes. That seems like a very high hurdle for (pension) legislation and I’m not going to say it’s impossible but it is extremely difficult,” Nekritz said. State Rep. Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs) is going to vote against the same-sex marriage bill but says it could pass before the deadline. “That is a closely held roll call and that is another issue I cannot predict its outcome. My guess is that if the speaker wants to pass a bill he will find the votes,” Durkin said.
State Sen. Dale Righter (R-Mattoon) is currently against the concealed carry legislation but says he could change his vote. “You’ve gotta have a bill to allows for those gun owners, who perhaps have a concealed carry permit, to travel around the state and not worry as they go from municipality to municipality whether they’re in violation of that municipality's ordinances and therefore could be pulled over and put under arrest,” Righter said.
SB 1 and SB 2404 are the pension bills. They are in the Senate. SB 1 has already passed the House.
SB 10 is the gay marriage bill. It’s in the House and already passed the Senate.
SB 2193 and HB 183 are the concealed carry bills. SB 2193 passed the House. If HB 183 passes the Senate it will still have to go through the House.