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Illinois Lawmakers Scale Back January Schedule

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    NEWSLETTERS

    The lame duck session scheduled to begin next week in Springfield just got shorter.

    House Speaker Michael Madigan's office sent out a memo this week canceling three of the six days. Those final days likely will be filled with deciding issues like driver's licenses for illegal immigrants, pension reform and gay marriage.

    The Senate meets Jan. 2 through Jan. 4. Senate officials announced Monday that they've canceled meeting Jan. 5 through Jan. 7. Senate President John Cullerton's spokeswoman says the Senate may return on Tuesday, Jan. 8, if senators need to respond to any House action.

    The House had planned to meet Jan. 3, but Madigan's office says the initial days are canceled and representatives won't meet until Sunday, Jan. 6. They plan to also meet Jan. 7 and Jan. 8.

    New lawmakers will be sworn in Jan. 9.