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An Illinois House committee has set up a historic floor vote on the Equal Rights Amendment.

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Gov. Bruce Rauner and the Republican leaders of the Legislature said Tuesday that Democrats are moving too slowly on budget negotiations ahead of the General Assembly's May 31 scheduled adjournment.

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Illinois legislators are headed to the Capitol for a special session on school funding called by Gov. Bruce Rauner.

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Illinois lawmakers have adjourned their regular legislative session without approving a spending plan for the third consecutive year.

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The Illinois Legislature has wrapped up its official 2013 session after passing historic gay marriage legislation.

But it made little progress on many other high-profile issues.

Lawmakers have yet to solve the state's $100 billion dollar pension crisis. They haven't raised the minimum wage, enacted an assault weapons ban or approved additional ethics reforms.

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Illinois Governor Pat Quinn says his state is an example for the nation after the House approved legislation allowing same-sex marriage in the state.

The Democrat says he'll sign the bill when it gets to his desk.

He says Illinois is on the right side of history and took a stand for equal rights. The House approved the measure 61-54 Tuesday.

Quinn watched the floor debate which lasted more than two hours.

Illinois lawmakers are convening in Springfield for the final three days of their annual fall session.

The action kicks off with hearings today on corporate tax incentives and stricter gun penalties in the Illinois House. Same-sex marriage legislation could also come up for a vote in the coming days.

A coalition of clergy members and faith leaders has sent a letter to Illinois House members encouraging them to support gay marriage.

The letter has more than 300 signatures. It says allowing same-sex couples to marry is "morally just."

The Illinois General Assembly returns to Springfield this week and supporters of gay marriage hope the House will take up the bill, which passed in the Illinois Senate on Valentine's Day.

Two Illinois state senators say they want "partisan bickering" over the state's budget to be put aside.

Democrat Dan Kotowski and Republican Pam Althoff are holding a news conference today in Chicago to announce the findings of a study on what Illinois taxpayers' want.


Illinois lawmakers have re-opened talks on a bill to expand gambling, but many of the concerns from earlier proposals remain. The House Executive Committee held a hearing yesterday on a measure to add five casinos and allow slot machines at major airports.