SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois lawmakers are set to reconvene Tuesday to address pressing issues such as pension reform and same-sex marriage. But a looming deadline for opponents to challenge sitting lawmakers in 2014 is one reason those issues could be pushed off once again.
The filing date for anyone considering challenging a legislator in the March primaries in Dec. 9. That could make some lawmakers especially careful about casting controversial votes.
On the session agenda is proposed tax incentives aimed at keeping the new global headquarters of Decatur-based Archer Daniels Midland Company in Illinois. Lawmakers will consider supplementing the $35 billion budget approved in May and hold a hearing to resuscitate talks over expanding gambling in the state.
Legislation to enforce mandatory minimum prison sentences for felony gun convictions may also be considered.
The Illinois horse racing industry could find itself in a bind if lawmakers don't renew a law allowing online betting that expires in January.
Race dates at Illinois racetracks, including Fairmont Park, would be severely cut if lawmakers don't take action to renew the betting law and give Illinois' racing board access to money online wagering generates.
The issue could come up when the General Assembly convenes Tuesday.
But even if lawmakers get it done, there's no guarantee Governor Quinn will sign it. Quinn has said he won't consider other legislation until lawmakers fix the state's pension crisis.
CHICAGO (AP) - Doctors are sending a warning to new mothers who feed their babies with breast milk purchased online.
A new study says testing shows the breast milk can contain potentially dangerous bacteria including salmonella.
Researchers bought and tested more than 100 breast milk samples sold by women on one popular site, and 75 percent of those samples contained high amounts of bacteria that could sicken babies. Researchers did not identify the website.
The research also cites several cases in which babies did get sick from a stranger's breast milk.
Breast milk also is provided through milk banks, whose clients include hospitals. But they screen donors and pasteurize donated milk to kill any germs.
Both online breast milk sites and milk banks charge fees.