After a huge rally of providers at the Capitol midday to urge action, legislators spent only about 10 minutes in session in both the House and Senate.

Special session turned out to be only a short one today.

Lawmakers were called back to work on the state budget, with Gov. Pat Quinn pushing them to approve an income tax increase to stave off big budget cuts he's threatening if nothing is done by July 1.

But after a huge rally of providers at the Capitol midday to urge action, legislators spent only about 10 minutes in session in both the House and Senate.

They then headed to party caucus meetings, with Republicans and Democrats meeting in partisan groups to talk about their next steps. The House said it would return to work tomorrow morning at 10 a.m., while the Senate left open the possibility of returning to work yet this evening.

Gov. Pat Quinn is expected to huddle with legislative leaders later today.

GateHouse News Service State Capitol Bureau