CHICAGO — The Illinois Senate adjourned a one-day session Thursday after the Democratic majority failed to muster enough support to win passage of a $3.8 billion general obligation issue to cover state pension payments owed in the current fiscal year.

A three-fifths supermajority vote of 36 in the Senate is needed for any new borrowing authorizations. Democrats hold 37 seats but some oppose the plan and others were absent Thursday so Republican support was needed. SB 3514 — which authorizes the bonding — and its amendments were held in executive committee when it became clear a vote would fail.

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