Lame duck session shortened

By Beau Ebenezer

December 27, 2012 Updated Dec 28, 2012 at 12:03 AM CDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill -- The January "lame duck" session for the Illinois House and Senate is going to be shorter after Speaker of the Illinois House Michael Madigan canceled three days of the original schedule.

The House of Representatives and the Senate agree that the shorter time frame will cause many problems when facing important state issues.

"The many, many pressing issues facing Illinois to be dealt with in the lame duck session in just a couple of days is the type of thing that I don't believe is the way to approach some of these very complex issues," said State Representative Dan Brady.

"It looks like it is teed up to not be very productive. As I said, the Senate comes in [Thursday] after the new years for a couple days and then leaves. The house comes in the day after that. The Senate may not convene until the new general assembly is sworn in. There just seems to be a great deal of dysfunction," said State Senator Bill Brady.

Representative Dan Brady also said because of the shortened sessions, they may not have time for some of the topics at all.

Some of the main issues include driver's licenses for illegal immigrants, gay marriage and pension reform. The Senate and the House both agree that pension reform is key when heading into these meetings.

"There's been several plans that have been floated the governor is very focused, one might say fixated that this gets done, some type of pension reform before the end of the lame duck session," said State Representative Brady.

But Senator Bill Brady says Governor Quinn hasn't allowed for their plan to work by trying to shift liabilities to local tax payers.

"We put a sound plan on the table that would have moved this forward and the democrats need to stop playing political games with us and you can't shift the liabilities," said State Senator Brady.

The Senate is scheduled to meet January 2 through the 4 and the House will meet January 6.

It's clear, lawmakers are hoping the shortened sessions will be enough time to get the job done.

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