The Illinois Senate is expected to vote on a gay marriage bill on Thursday.

The move comes a little more than a week after the measure cleared the 15-member Senate Executive Committee.

Last month, Illinois Senate President John Cullerton, a Democrat from Chicago and an Executive Committee member, set off bells when he said he wanted to approve the bill in his chamber on Valentine's Day.

“I'd like to pass it … on Valentine's Day,” Cullerton told the Chicago Sun-Times.

Cullerton added that he believes the measure has the necessary 30 votes to clear the Senate and move to the House.

Sponsors of the bill, Senator Heather Steans and Rep. Greg Harris, both Democrats from Chicago, first pushed for passage in January during a lame-duck session of the General Assembly.

Steans has said that the push failed due to time.

Neither chamber has previously voted on marriage equality. However, Illinois approved a civil unions bill two years ago.

Democratic Governor Pat Quinn mentioned the proposed legislation during his State of the State address.

“Marriage equality is coming to Illinois,” he told colleagues.

If the marriage bill is approved, Illinois would join 9 other states and the District of Columbia.