Legislators probably won't resolve all issues before adjourning
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With only budget-related bills and mostly minor issues left to be resolved, the Illinois Legislature could adjourn sometime today, a day ahead of schedule. But the General Assembly apparently will leave a number of matters unresolved — some to the post-November election veto session, some longer. Among them:
1. Revenue shortfall. Senate President John Cullerton acknowledged that revenue options, including extending the current 5 percent income tax, will be "on the table" after the November election. State Rep. Naomi Jakobsson, D-Urbana, said she believed she could end up voting on the tax issue, even though she will retire from the House next January.
2. SB 16, the bill that would reform state aid to public schools, passed the Senate this week but remained stranded in the House Rules Committee on Thursday.
3. HB 3836, legislation pushed by House Speaker Michael Madigan to take the administration of the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum from the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, appears to be stuck in the Senate. It hadn't moved out of the assignments committee Thursday.
4. HB 4090, a joint effort by Jakobsson and Sen. Chapin Rose, R-Mahomet, apparently won't be called for a final vote in the House. The legislation would make it illegal to use a false academic degree for the purpose of getting a job, gaining access to an advanced degree program at a university or getting a job promotion. Rose amended the bill to make it illegal to obtain a degree under false pretenses, as in the case of University of Illinois instructor James Kilgore.