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January 2, 2013

$275M more for Illinois roads available, OK is part of Legislature's final days



With the December massacre at a school in Newtown, Conn., fresh on lawmakers' minds, look for legislation to ban military-style assault weapons and ammunition magazines that hold dozens of rounds.

"My interest is in passing a policy that keeps children and law enforcement safe from people with assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines," said Sen. Dan Kotowksi, D-Park Ridge.

Kotowski said he anticipates legislation similar to that which he sponsored in 2008, which would have prohibited semi-automatic assault weapons and .50-caliber rifles. It got a Senate committee's OK but went no further.

Sen. Heather Steans said she has enough support to make Illinois the 10th state to legalize gay marriage. But the Chicago Democrat worries about whether colleagues whose votes will be back from needs will be back holiday and family vacations and other obligations.

Steans said she might have to let action start next week in the House, then return to the Senate.

"We've got it as long as we can get everyone there," she said.


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