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Child Advocacy Group Warns Of Impact Of Expiring Tax Hike

With a 2011 state income tax increase set to expire at the end of the calendar year, the governor and Illinois lawmakers are facing a huge drop in state revenue, which would affect many social service groups that rely on the state for funding.

01/20/2014

Eddie Winters (Twitter)

Candidate For Illinois House Sues Former Alderman For Slander

Eddie Winters, a candidate for the Illinois House of Representatives 10th District seat, filed the suit against former Alderman Ed Smith (28th), claiming Smith referred to him as a “wife-beater” who “failed to pay child support and leaves his kids starving.”

01/14/2014

Illinois State Capitol

Illinois Lawmakers OK Pension Reform Plan

The Illinois Legislature approved a historic plan Tuesday to eliminate the state’s $100 billion pension shortfall, a vote that proponents described as critical to repairing the state’s deeply troubled finances but that faces the immediate threat of a legal challenge from labor unions.

12/03/2013

Illinois State Capitol

Legislative Leaders Reach Deal On Pension Reform

After more than five months of work, Illinois’ legislative leaders announced Wednesday they’ve reached a deal to help solve the state’s $100 billion pension problem, considered the nation’s worst.

11/27/2013

Illinois House Of Representatives

Gay Marriage Opponents Invoke God, Free Speech

Opponents of legislation to legalize gay marriage in Illinois rallied Wednesday outside the state Capitol, one day after thousands held their own event to urge lawmakers to approve it.

10/23/2013

Illinois House Of Representatives

Same-Sex Marriage Supporters Flock To Springfield To Push For Vote

Supporters of gay marriage in Illinois say now is the time for lawmakers to give it the okay, and headed to Springfield by the busload on Tuesday to deliver their message, but it remained unclear if there were enough votes in the House to send same-sex marriage legislation to the governor.

10/22/2013

Mayor Rahm Emanuel speaks at a naturalization ceremony for 67 immigrants who became U.S. Citizens on July 3, 2013. (Credit: CBS)

General Assembly To Consider Mandatory Gun Crime Sentencing

Illinois lawmakers will be back in Springfield tomorrow to start their fall veto session, and some issues important to Chicago officials could be among those high on the agenda, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

10/21/2013

New York State Legalizes Gay Marriage

Illinois Gay Marriage Debate Takes Center Stage

Opponents and supporters of same-sex marriage are gearing up for another push in the Illinois Legislature.

10/21/2013

Gov. Pat Quinn (Credit: CBS)

Ill. Supreme Court To Hear Appeal On Lawmaker Pay Dispute

Gov. Pat Quinn’s appeal of a ruling that his veto of lawmakers’ pay was unconstitutional will be heard by the Illinois Supreme Court.

10/17/2013

Illinois State Rep. Jim Durkin (Credit: Facebook)

Durkin Officially Takes Over As Illinois House GOP Leader

His predecessor, state Rep. Tom Cross of Oswego, stepped down to run for state treasurer. Cross held the position for a decade.

09/23/2013

Condoms

Sex Ed Law May Mean Little Change For Most Schools

Illinois schools that teach sex education will be required to provide information about birth control and sexually transmitted diseases — not just abstinence.

08/11/2013

Court Generic

Judge Tosses Bid For Immediate Concealed Carry In Illinois

A federal judge has rejected a push by gun rights advocates to let Illinois residents immediately tote firearms in public instead of waiting months for the state to outline the permitting process under its new concealed carry law.

07/29/2013

File Photo Of Glock Handgun. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Governor Seeks Public Pressure To Keep Changes To Concealed Carry Bill

Gov. Pat Quinn is trying to head off an override of the changes he made to the concealed carry legislation that passed in the Illinois House and Senate by wide margins, by launching a PR campaign ahead of Tuesday’s legislative session.

07/05/2013

Ald. Tom Tunney (44th)

Tunney Wants Legislature To ‘Get Its Act Together’ On Gay Marriage

As the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act and opened the door for California to resume same-sex marriages, Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) called on the state legislature to “get its act together” and approve gay marriage in Illinois.

06/27/2013

Illinois State Capitol

Quinn, Lawmakers Plan Pension Talks Into July

Gov. Pat Quinn and lawmakers are working on a new plan to solve the state’s $97 billion pension crisis that involves forming a bipartisan committee and reconvening the Legislature again in July.

06/18/2013

Illinois House Floor

Governor, Legislative Leaders Still Can’t Agree On Pension Reform

A meeting between Gov. Pat Quinn and the state’s four legislative leaders ended Friday afternoon without much progress towards pension reform, and it appears next week’s special session won’t bring a solution.

06/14/2013

Illinois State Capitol

Madigan Moves To Gut Cullerton’s Pension Reform Plan

House Speaker Michael Madigan has taken steps to replace Senate President John Cullerton’s pension reform plan with his own plan, even though the speaker’s plan was soundly defeated in the Senate last month.

CBS Chicago–06/12/2013

Illinois State Capitol

Madigan Enlists Nekritz To Negotiate With Cullerton On Pensions

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan might not be in touch with Gov. Pat Quinn, but there might be some behind-the-scenes work ahead to resolve the state’s pension reform impasse before a special session of the General Assembly on June 19.

WBBM Newsradio–06/07/2013

Gov. Pat Quinn presents his annual budget address to the Illinois General Assembly on March 6, 2013, in Springfield. (Credit: CBS)

Governor Calls Special Session On Pensions After Another Credit Downgrade

Gov. Pat Quinn has called for a special session of the Illinois General Assembly in two weeks, after the state’s credit rating was downgraded again over lawmakers’ failure to approve comprehensive pension reforms.

06/06/2013

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)

Crime Commission Asks Governor To Veto Medical Marijuana Bill

The Chicago Crime Commission has urged Gov. Pat Quinn to veto medical marijuana legislation approved by state lawmakers earlier this year.

06/06/2013

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