The federal government wasn’t the only one that got busy during the lame-duck session.
In Illinois, the state legislature passed a tax increase to help close its massive budget deficit, and voted to abolish the state’s death penalty. And after a contentious struggle, impassioned arguments, and tough vote-wrangling, both House and Senate passed a measure allowing civil unions in the state during this winter’s legislative session.
Governor Quinn signed the tax increase into law promptly. The death penalty bill still sits on his desk, with supporters anxiously awaiting his decision.