The Illinois House could soon take up a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage. Political observers have said this vote will be a tough test for the latest effort to allow gay couples to marry. That remains the case as lawmakers prepare to consider the proposal.
Governor Pat Quinn says he'll sign legislation creating a special driver's license for immigrants who are in Illinois illegally. The bill cleared its final legislative hurdle Tuesday after it was approved by the House on the last day of the lame-duck session.
Illinois lawmakers have abandoned efforts to pass gun control legislation in the final days of their current session. An assault weapons ban was scheduled to be debated in front of a House committee Sunday, as lawmakers hustle to try to pass several bills before the end of session on Wednesday.
The General Assembly has overwhelmingly approved steep cuts to Medicaid, Illinois' system of health care for the poor. Backers of the cuts say they are a long-overdue correction for a program that has grown out of control.