Legislature enters final scheduled session day

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Illinois General Assembly is holding its final scheduled meeting of the year.

The Illinois House is expected to vote on stiffer penalties for felons and gang members who illegally carry guns. The Senate is poised to vote on providing tax incentives to two major companies to stay in Illinois.

Lawmakers will adjourn Thursday and return in January unless called back for a special session before then.

History in Illinois was made this week with the Legislature voting Tuesday to legalize same-sex marriage.

Still, other issues remain unresolved.

A bipartisan committee tasked with solving the state's $100 billion pension problem says it's making progress but hasn't reached an agreement. House Speaker Michael Madigan says he hopes lawmakers will return to Springfield before the end of the year to approve legislation.

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