Illinois Senate President John Cullerton, D-Chicago, speaks to lawmakers during a committee hearing at the Illinois State Capitol Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013 in Springfield, Ill. Illinois S

 

              Illinois Senate President John Cullerton, D-Chicago, speaks to lawmakers during a committee hearing at the Illinois State Capitol Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013 in Springfield, Ill. Illinois S
Illinois Senate President John Cullerton, D-Chicago, speaks to lawmakers during a committee hearing at the Illinois State Capitol Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013 in Springfield, Ill. Illinois Senate Democrats seeking assault-weapon restrictions planned to split the issue, seeking committee approval of a ban on high-capacity ammunition clips and a separate restriction on semi-automatic guns. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)