A few high profile issues could come up for a vote this week as lawmakers return to Springfield for a shortened two-day wrap-up of the fall veto session.
Those include a bill to allow illegal immigrants to obtain Illinois drivers licenses, and a measure that would legalize medical marijuana in the state.
But other major issues, including pension reform and gambling expansion, probably won’t surface until January.
Lawmakers will have a small window of time between the first of the year and January 9th, when the new legislature is sworn in.
During that time, it will only take a simple majority to pass bills, and lame-duck lawmakers may be willing to provide votes on more controversial measures.