Coming Thursday: another big day at the Statehouse

With five scheduled days remaining in this session of the Legislature, there's just a little time left for lawmakers to get going on a lengthy to-do list.

Today could be a big day, with possible House votes on gambling expansion, medical marijuana, a Medicaid reform bill that cleared the Senate Wednesday, two constitutional amendments being promoted by House Speaker Michael Madigan and, maybe, a workers compensation reform package.

The latter moved out of the House Executive Committee Wednesday as a so-called "shell bill" with no details. Those are being worked on behind closed doors.

There's also the controversial matter of a death penalty abolition bill that is at passage stage in the House.

The Senate has some work to do as well, notably a long-delayed vote on pension borrowing. But mostly senators are waiting for the House to act.

And yes, there's also that gigantic elephant in the Statehouse ... a tax increase package that could be like the income tax/sales tax expansion bill that Senate approved almost two years ago, or something entirely different.

All these issues have to be decided by next Tuesday.

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