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The 2011 Illinois state legislative session started with a whimper on Tues. Feb 8, when the Amtrak train carrying the AIDS Foundation of Chicagos crack Springfield lobbyist, John Peller, rolled into town two hours late. Not to fear six legislators were stuck on the train too, giving Peller extra time to advocate for their support for key HIV issues. Although the House stayed in Springfield for just 24 hours, it was enough time to introduce a thousand or so new bills. Peller provided an update today to state HIV advocates, and were sharing his presentation on the state of the state budget, possible AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) cuts, and bills that AFC is supporting and opposing. Stay tuned for more information. The legislative session starts for real the week of Feb 15.