State legislators will return to Springfield tomorrow for their second - and final - week of veto session. But as IPR's Amanda Vinicky reports, most pressing issues are likely to be pushed off until the new year:
Governor Pat Quinn only used his veto powers to reject or change ten pieces of legislation.
The veto session's ostensibly a time for legislators to decide if they agree with the governor, or want to override him. There'll be some of that. Look to see if the House follows in the footsteps of the Senate by voting to restore about $56 million dollars Quinn cut from the budget to fund prisons in Dwight and Tamms. It'd pretty much be a symbolic vote though - Quinn says he's closing the prisons anyway. One of the biggest votes ahead isn't vetoed legislation at all. It's a measure that would create driverís licenses for immigrants who came to the US illegally. What lawmakers don't try this week they could always debate in January. Senator Terry Link of Waukegan, a sponsor of a plan to slot casinos in Chicago and four other towns, is looking to introduce a new version in the new year:
"We intend on having a bill prepared so that that week we come back in January that we can run a bill that will have everybody on board, including the governor."
And if they do it at all, 2013 is when the General Assembly will likely take up a pension overhaul, that's NOT on this week's agenda.
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