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Ill. governor: Veto session valuable to ‘lay foundation’ on marriage legislation

Thursday, October 24, 2013
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WHEELING, Ill. — Gov. Pat Quinn says he’s not discouraged that Illinois lawmakers came away from two days of their fall veto session without tackling any of the major issues on their agenda.

Gov. Pat Quinn (D-Ill.)

Gov. Pat Quinn (D-Ill.)

The Chicago Democrat says the days were valuable for discussion to “lay a foundation” on the state’s pension crisis and same-sex marriage.

Both chambers adjourned for the week Wednesday afternoon, however neither issue came up for a vote before lawmakers left town.

They’ll be back next month. Quinn says that’ll be the time to take votes.

A bipartisan panel has been tasked with coming up with a solution to Illinois’ nearly $100 billion pension problem, but the panel has been stalled on a plan that would save an estimated $138 billion.

Meanwhile, advocates and opponents of legalizing same-sex marriage both held rallies this week in Springfield.

On Tuesday, five months after the legislation stalled in the Illinois House, an estimated 3,000 turned out for the “March on Springfield,” to demand swfit action by lawmakers to legalize marriage equality.

On Wednesday, busloads of gay marriage opponents — consisting of pastors, Christian activists and others — held their own rally outside the Capitol, pledging to reverse any headway in the push for state legislation that would allow same-sex marriage.

Associated Press contributed to this report.

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