Illinois lawmakers still have big issues ahead



SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Illinois lawmakers are leaving Springfield with major issues outstanding.
At the top of the list is the lack of a solution to the nation's worst pension problem. It has major consequences for the state and its public officials. Illinois already has the lowest credit rating of any state and the bond houses could lower it again.
Now if Gov. Pat Quinn calls them back before fall, legislation requires a three-fifths majority rather than a straight majority.
No votes were called on gay marriage or gambling. The sponsors of both measures say they'll take stock and bring them back.
Some political watchers say it was a productive session aside from the pension issue.
Lawmakers expanded Medicaid and approved both a budget that didn't cut education and a compromise deal on fracking.