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THE ILLINOIS SENATE IS RESUMING VOTES ON THE PROPOSED "GRAND BARGAIN" WITH MIXED RESULTS. 
 
A FEW OF THE LESS CONTENTIOUS COMPONENTS OF THE DEAL PASSED EARLIER THIS MONTH...AND NOW THE SENATE IS ALSO APPROVING MONEY FOR CHICAGO TEACHER PENSIONS, A SPENDING PLAN TO GET THE STATE THROUGH THE END OF THIS FISCAL YEAR AND AN EXPANSION OF GAMBLING WHICH IS SUPPORTED BY SENATOR DAVE SYVERSON OF ROCKFORD.
 
 
SENATE PRESIDENT JOHN CULLERTON ALSO ASKED HIS COLLEAGUES TO APPROVE ONE OF THE MAJOR PIECES OF LEGSISLATION... PENSION REFORM.
 
 
A PENSION REFORM BILL DID NOT PASS, WHICH IS A PROBLEM SINCE IF ONE BILL IN THE GRAND BARGAIN FAILS, THE ENTIRE DEAL FALLS APART.

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