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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

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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

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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

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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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Quinn To Propose Making 2011 Tax Hike Permanent

Gov. Pat Quinn is expected to propose making Illinois’ temporary income tax increase permanent in order to avoid massive budget cuts when he presents his election year budget address Wednesday, according to lawmakers briefed on his plans.

03/26/2014

Actor Martin Sheen (at podium) joined Gov. Pat Quinn (right) and community activists in calling for state lawmakers to increase the minimum wage in Illinois. (Credit: CBS)

Quinn Gets Help From Martin Sheen In Push For Minimum Wage Hike

Actor Martin Sheen, Gov. Pat Quinn, and community activists gathered in the basement of St. Pius V Church at 1919 S. Ashland Av., where they urged the Illinois General Assembly to increase the state’s minimum wage from $8.25 to at least $10 an hour.

03/13/2014

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State School Chief: $1B In Education Cuts Would Be ‘Devastating’

Illinois State Board of Education Superintendent Christopher Koch had sought a $1 billion increase in his department’s budget for next year. Instead, lawmakers have recommended a $1 billion decrease as part of a preliminary budget blueprint.

03/13/2014

Illinois State Capitol in Springfield

Lawmakers Begin Hearings In Push For Higher Minimum Wage

The House Labor & Commerce Committee heard testimony Wednesday from supporters of increasing the minimum wage in Illinois beyond the current $8.25.

03/06/2014

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Lawmakers Weigh Measure Giving Four-Time DUI Convicts Another Chance

Two of Illinois’ strongest allies in fighting drunken driving were somewhat in disagreement a proposal to give drivers with four drunk driving convictions a chance go get their license back.

WBBM Newsradio–02/20/2014

Illinois State Capitol

Chicago Workers, Retirees Head To Springfield To Protest Pension Reform

Chicago public employees and retirees have been descending on Springfield on Wednesday for a rally to protest the state’s new pension reform law.

02/19/2014

Texas-based Solid Concepts has created a working metal handgun with a 3-D printer. (Credit: Facebook)

Lawmaker Wants To Bar 3-D Printing Of Guns Without Federal License

As 3-D printing technology grows more and more sophisticated, an Illinois lawmaker wants to make it illegal to use a 3-D printer to make firearms, or gun parts, unless you have a federal gun manufacturer’s license.

02/14/2014

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Lawmakers Seek Changes To Concealed Carry Law

Some of the proposals would make it easier to get a permit, while others would expand the list of locations where people would be allowed to carry weapons. Others would tighten restrictions.

02/12/2014

Illinois State Capitol

Government Panel Predicts $1.6B Drop In State Revenue

The drop in revenue reflects an expected decrease in the state’s income tax. The temporary hike is scheduled to drop from its current 5 percent to 3.75 percent next January.

02/05/2014

Illinois State Capitol in Springfield

Unions Sue To Block State Pension Reform Plan

The lawsuit, which follows others already filed by retirees, argues the pension bill approved by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Pat Quinn more than a month ago violates a clause of the state constitution that says pension benefits may not be cut.

01/28/2014

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