Lawmakers face long lame-duck agenda
(MCT) — Illinois lawmakers convening Tuesday for their post-election lame-duck session face a lengthy list of issues — ranging from a burgeoning pension debt to expanded casino gambling — but it remains uncertain whether departing legislators will provide the votes to pass the most controversial measures.
Traditionally, the legislative session held after lawmakers' elections marks one of the busiest times in Springfield. Lawmakers who lost re-election bids or did not seek another term are viewed as political free agents who can more easily be persuaded to cast their votes on issues without concern to party loyalty or having to face voters ever again.
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