No deal reached in Saturday's Lame Duck

By WEEK Producer

No deal reached in Saturday's Lame Duck

January 5, 2013 Updated Jan 7, 2013 at 2:47 PM CDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- All eyes are on Springfield as the Illinois Lame Duck session is inching closer to an end.

With just three days left, there was some optimism as lawmakers met with Governor Quinn to discuss the state's massive pension problem, but no deal was reached Saturday night.

Sunday, the House is scheduled for a hearing on the assault weapons ban.

Another pressing issue, gay marriage, could come up before Wednesday's deadline, but that measure also remains at a standstill.

State Representative David Leitch says many of the bills are very difficult to put together in an accurate manner, especially since some of them are controversial.

"I guess it's not too surprising, nevertheless, I am surprised," said Rep. Leitch, (R) 73rd District. "I thought there would be more bills coming for us in the Lame Duck than we've seen so far."

If progress is not made by Tuesday night, the new General Assembly will have to start all over, discussing issues and passing legislation.

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