In the House, a lawmaker made a racial remark that she ended up apologizing for twice.  In the Senate, Democrats pushed for a vote on a 420-page bill designed to change how school money is distributed after only an hour of discussion.  Republicans complained, and committee chairman Sen. Ira Silverstein, D-Chicago, slammed his gavel.  Senate Republican leader Christine Radogno noted the substance of the issue was getting lost in “all this personal angst.”

Comment:  Heavy agenda — before a two-week Easter break — ahead of the final sprint to a May 31 adjournment deadline.