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Update: 4:22 pm, 10/24/13, Thursday SPRINGFIELD -- The first week of the fall veto session has come and gone and there hasn't been any action on some of the state's biggest issues.
Update: 4:22 pm, 10/24/13, Thursday
SPRINGFIELD -- The first week of the fall veto session has come and gone and there hasn't been any action on some of the state's biggest issues. Lawmakers cut their first week short.

They were supposed to be in session Thursday, but canceled it because they said they didn't have anything else to do. It comes as a big shock to a lot of people since there are a number of key issues the governor and others are pushing for.

The biggest, of course, is pension reform. Members of the special pension committee have said all summer they were hoping to have a deal to present to the General Assembly by veto session. But, there has been zero talk of a fix.

Experts say, politically-speaking, it doesn't matter if lawmakers pass something now or wait until spring. The same is true for other big ticket issues like same-sex marriage, gun control and gaming.

Lawmakers have next week off and are scheduled to be back in Springfield for another three days at the beginning of November. But, experts say it should be just as exciting as these last two days.
Original: 6:05 pm, 10/22/13, Tuesday
SPRINGFIELD -- Day one of fall veto session and some lawmakers say there's little to show for it. Pension reform is at the top of the list, but lawmakers don't expect to see a plan for that.

However, they are considering other legislation. Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) is seeking $24-million in tax incentives to keep its headquarters in Illinois, but the bill wasn't called in committee Tuesday.

Also, several state agencies are seeking supplemental funding. IDOT and the Department of Corrections are on a list of agencies asking lawmakers to give them more money than was originally budgeted for the year.

Of course, same-sex marriage is a bill some hope will be called on the House floor. It's something Governor Pat Quinn would be glad to sign into law.

Lawmakers are expected to be back at the Capitol Wednesday. Then, they'll take a week off and return November 5.
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