Much like a soap opera, the legislative fall veto session that opens Tuesday will pick up right where the spring session left off… with a lot of unfinished business.
Pension reform is the biggest looming issue on the table, as a bipartisan conference committee remains split on the best way to tackle the costly problem. But a bill to legalize same-sex marriage could also make a comeback… with supporters and opponents both planning events at the Statehouse this week.
One contentious issue before lawmakers this week could be an effort to give tax breaks that might persuade Archer Daniels Midland to keep its global headquarters in Illinois.
ADM is looking at several locations, including some out of state, for the new HQ and 100 or so high-paying jobs that go with it. But some officials object to giving incentives for a move that will take those jobs out of Decatur, a city with the highest unemployment rate in the state.