Illinois General Assembly

Illinois State Capitol in Springfield

Minimum Wage Hike Supporters Seek Action During Veto Session

With state lawmakers set to return to Springfield for three days of veto session later this week, and then again in early December, advocates for a higher minimum wage were urging the legislature to act on a measure to increase the minimum wage in Illinois to $10 an hour.

11/18/2014

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Quinn Signs $1B Plan For Road Repair In Illinois

The Chicago Democrat approved the bipartisan legislation that will also provide lawmakers with opportunities to attend popular ribbon-cutting ceremonies in an election year.

07/22/2014

A budtender handles marijuana at Perennial Holistic Wellness Center, a not-for-profit medical marijuana dispensary in operation since 2006, on September 7, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Legislative Panel OKs Rules For Medical Marijuana

A law enacted last year authorized a four-year pilot project that will expire in 2017. So far, not a single marijuana seed has been planted. But now that rules have been approved, the state agencies running the program can start posting applications for a limited number of grower and retailer permits.

07/15/2014

A budtender handles marijuana at Perennial Holistic Wellness Center, a not-for-profit medical marijuana dispensary in operation since 2006, on September 7, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

State Panel To Weigh Rules For Medical Marijuana

Not a single marijuana seed has been planted in Illinois’ pilot medical cannabis program. But medical marijuana is inching closer to reality and a meeting set for Tuesday will shape the program’s future.

07/15/2014

Illinois House Of Representatives

No Vote On Gambling Expansion Plan During Spring Session

Plans to expand gambling in Illinois were put on hold Friday when the backer of legislation proposing new casinos said he wouldn’t call the measure for a vote until he resolved lingering issues and had key support.

05/30/2014

Illinois State Senate

State Lawmakers Continue 2015 Budget Talks

Illinois lawmakers continued to grapple Wednesday with a new state budget, as Republicans ripped majority Democrats for spending beyond their means with a plan even Democrats acknowledge leaves “big unanswered questions” about the state’s finances.

05/29/2014

Illinois State Capitol

Illinois House Advances 2015 Budget

Having given up on extending Illinois’ temporary income tax increase — at least for now — the Illinois Legislature is moving forward with a scaled-back budget that could lead to layoffs, further delays in paying the state’s bills and a post-election vote to make the tax hike permanent or generate some other source of revenue.

05/27/2014

Illinois House Of Representatives

Democrats Regroup, Craft Budget Without Higher Tax

House Speaker Michael Madigan emerged from a Memorial Day caucus meeting and told reporters that he was dropping the idea of making the 5 percent income tax permanent — and crafting a budget blueprint that holds the line on spending but is not the “doomsday” plan the House overwhelmingly rejected on Friday.

05/27/2014

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Psychologists Seek Authority To Prescribe Drugs In Illinois

The Illinois General Assembly could soon vote on a measure that would allow psychologists — who are not medical doctors — to prescribe medicines much the same as psychiatrists who have medical degrees.

05/21/2014

An automated external defibrillator device that will be installed on a Metra train. (Credit: CBS)

Law To Require Students To Learn CPR, Defibrillator Use

The legislation was prompted by the 2008 death of St. Charles High School student Lauren Laman during a drill team practice. Laman’s parents say her life may have been saved if her teammates were properly trained to use an automatic external defibrillator, or AED.

05/21/2014

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Illinois School Funding Data Fuel Reform Debate

Newly released figures that show downstate school districts gaining at the expense of suburban ones have fueled a debate among lawmakers about a proposed overhaul of the complicated school funding formula that Illinois has used for almost two decades.

05/08/2014

Proposed map of the Illiana Expressway, a tollway which would connect I-65 in Indiana to I-55 in Illinois. (Credit: Illinois Department of Transportation)

Illiana Expressway Agreement Would Mandate $250M From Illinois

The public-private development would fund the proposed Illiana toll road, a 47-mile east-west road connecting Interstate 55 near Wilmington, Ill., and Interstate 65 near Lowell, Ind.

05/07/2014

Gov. Pat Quinn (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Lawmakers To Allow Subpoenas For Anti-Violence Program

A legislative commission that helps review the use of public money has voted to grant itself subpoena powers to investigate Gov. Pat Quinn’s troubled anti-violence program.

05/06/2014

Illinois State Capitol in Springfield

Hearing Held On Lawsuit Aiming To Block Term Limits Proposals

Court proceedings have begun in a lawsuit that aims to block proposals for term limits for the Illinois legislature from being placed on the November ballot, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

05/05/2014

Ballots

Group Gets 532,000 Signatures To End Gerrymandered Districts

With the help of wealthy donors and a bipartisan group of politicians, a petition to end the gerrymandering of Illinois election districts was presented Thursday, but it faces a stiff constitutional challenge that could keep the question off the November ballot.

05/02/2014

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Study: Minority Kids Hit Hardest By Illinois Law

An Illinois law that requires juveniles accused of the most serious crimes to be charged as adults may be discriminatory, prevents judges from exercising their judgment and makes it more likely that those who are convicted will commit violent crimes in the future, according to a study due out Tuesday.

04/22/2014

An Illinois Voter Casts Her Ballot. (Michal Czerwonka/Getty Images)

Amendment Protecting Ill. Voters To Go On Ballot

Illinois voters will consider a constitutional amendment this fall aimed at scuttling attempts at voter suppression after Senate action Thursday.

04/11/2014

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Charter School Parents, Students To Lobby State Lawmakers

Charter school advocates said at least 12 pieces of proposed legislation in Springfield would harm charter schools if approved.

04/08/2014

Mayor Emanuel talks education, pensions and other topics. (Credit: Craig Dellimore)

Emanuel Makes Changes To Pension Bill

Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he’s working hard to get state lawmakers to approve the pension deal that seems to have stalled in Springfield last week.

04/07/2014

Gov. Pat Quinn presents his annual budget address to the Illinois General Assembly in Springfield on March 26, 2014. (Credit: CBS)

Quinn Proposes Making 2011 Income Tax Hike Permanent

Gov. Pat Quinn outlined his case Wednesday for making Illinois’ temporary income tax increase permanent, predicting “extreme and radical” budget cuts to schools and services without additional revenue.

03/26/2014

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