A deep budget problem. Pension reforms for local governments. Those and other key items are still being debated in the final days of the legislative session – along with a young country star.

A deep budget problem. Pension reforms for local governments. Those and other key items are still being debated in the final days of the legislative session – along with a young country star.

The Senate voted 50-0 Thursday for Senate Resolution 817, making this Saturday Taylor Swift Day in Illinois.

The honorary day notes Swift’s contributions to country music and comes as she performs Saturday in the Quad Cities. The resolution was pushed by Sen. Mike Jacobs, D-East Moline.

Lawmakers used the opportunity to give Jacobs some ribbing.

Jacobs said he’d be glad to get signed photos with Swift, adding “It might be my signature.” Sen. Emil Jones asked about the concert, “Is there an age limit, and have you passed it, senator?”

Jacobs responded that he was going to the concert with his daughter and nieces.

“She is kind of an attractive young lady,” Jacobs said, noting Swift is a well-mannered role model for girls.

State Capitol Bureau