Lawmakers take no holiday as deadline looms

By WEEK Reporter

May 27, 2013 Updated May 27, 2013 at 10:46 PM CDT

SPRINGFIELD, IL. -- This Memorial Day has been no holiday for Illinois Lawmakers as the clock is ticking towards the end of the regular legislative session.

Monday, the Illinois Legisilature made strides towards a historic expansion of Medicaid.

The House approved a measure that would cover low-income adults who don't have children at home, a key component of President Obama's health care law.

The expansion would cover residents who make under $16,000 annually.

The federal government would pay for the first three years, and after that the state would gradually pick up the cost.

Governor Pat Quinn called for this increased access to coverage during his State of the State address earlier this year.

The bill heads back to the Senate for a vote on House amendments.

The House and Senate, however, have yet to come to a compromise on how to reduce the state's pension liability.

With only four regular session days left, Governor Pat Quinn says he remains optimistic that a resolution can be found by friday on the state's nearly 100 billion dollar pension debt crisis.

Both the House and Senate have passed a comprehensive pension reform bill in the recent weeks. So far there have been no public negotiations to find middle ground.

Other bills pending in the House or Senate include same-sex marriage, gaming expansion, and concealed carry of firearms.

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