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he Illinois House Thursday overwhelmingly passed a $1.1 billion road-and-bridge package stripped up of what the GOP characterized as pork as the spring legislative session neared a hectic end with several key issues still unresolved.
With two full days left until a scheduled Saturday legislative adjournment, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle’s bid for county pension reform appears to have hit a snag in the Statehouse as has Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s push to increase city phone tax.
And legislation ratifying the U.S. Equal Rights Amendment and authorizing a takeover of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum spun in place Thursday, leaving their prospects uncertain.
But a flurry of bills passed the House and Senate Thursday with perhaps the biggest being a $1.1 billion construction package to help smooth pothole-pocked roads across the state, damaged from last winter’s relentless snow and cold.
That plan passed the House by a 97-11 vote, with four members voting “present,” in a push sought by labor unions. That measure now heads to the Senate, which also has to vote on a budget Friday or Saturday. Separate legislation to fund the program is up for a House vote Friday.