Illinois lawmakers began November with an election that solidified Democratic majorities and they will finish the month by returning to the Capitol.
Their annual fall meetings are called veto sessions because lawmakers are supposed to consider legislation the governor rejected or changed. Those could include statewide regulation of plastic bags and a plan to let cancer treatment centers reject job applicants who smoke.
No pension legislation moved through the Illinois General Assembly during Friday's special legislative session.
Democrats pushed along a plan to cut pension benefits for state elected politicians and no one else, but opponents -- including Representative Darlene Senger (R-Naperville) -- called the proposal disingenuous.
"I am not going to vote for this. I think it's a farce," said Senger.
"I think we're basically coming out and saying we're doing something and we're absolutely not, and it's a real disservice for those who live in this state."
More than 1,000 child care providers, home health care workers and others opposed to human service funding cuts rallied in Springfield on May 15.
One of the protesters is Faith Arnold, who is a childcare provider. She said 95% of the families she serves rely on state subsidies. She said uncertainty over state money is having an impact on those who run child care operations.