Bills To Legalize Marijuana Introduced In General AssemblySeparate pieces of legislation aimed at legalizing recreational marijuana use in Illinois were submitted to the state general assembly Wednesday.
Illinois House Votes Against Making Obama Birthday A State HolidayRep. Steven Andersson, R-Geneva, says the state can't afford a paid day off for employees, given the current budget problems.
Illinois Senate Cancels Budget Votes; Leader Blames RaunerThe Illinois Senate's top Democrat abruptly canceled critical votes Wednesday on a plan to end the state's historic budget stalemate, accusing Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner of sabotaging a compromise that had been months in the making.
Rauner Offers Tax-Hike Guidance To End Illinois Budget StalemateGov. Bruce Rauner gave more specifics Wednesday on what steps he'd accept to end the state's nearly two-year budget stalemate, telling lawmakers he's open to raising taxes on services such as car repairs or haircuts but not on food, medicine or retirement income.
State Could Require Lead Testing At All Illinois Schools, DaycaresEnvironmental activists and others said they have reached a compromise on a statewide requirement to test for lead in drinking water at schools and daycare centers.
Lawmakers Return To Springfield With Senate Budget Deal In The WorksIllinois lawmakers were headed to Springfield on Monday for the final two days of session before a new General Assembly is sworn in, and a possible Senate budget deal could be brought up for a vote.
Democratic Lawmakers Sue To Get Paid, Despite State Budget MessThe Democratic lawmakers filed a lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court on Friday demanding that Republican Comptroller Leslie Munger and Gov. Bruce Rauner "end unwarranted political pressure."
Rauner Seeking Daily Budget Meetings With Top LawmakersA stopgap budget approved by the Illinois General Assembly and the governor is set to expire at the end of 2016, and the governor said he wants to meet with the Democratic and Republican leaders of the House and Senate every day until an agreement on a full-year’s budget is reached.
Disabled, Advocates Urge Lawmakers To Block Proposed Caregiver Overtime BanAdvocates for the disabled and their caregivers have asked state lawmakers to scrap proposed rules that would reduce home care given to people with disabilities.
Judge Dismisses Illinois Social Service Providers' LawsuitA judge on Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit brought by social service providers who wanted the court to force payment on contracts with the state of Illinois, saying the issue belongs in a higher court.
Lawmaker Proposes Law To Help Remove Pokémon Go StopsProposed legislation introduced in Springfield Wednesday would require those who manage Pokémon Go and similar games to remove stops within two days of a request, and to make it easy to do so.
Governor Rauner Approves Law To Crack Down On Gun TraffickersGov. Bruce Rauner has signed legislation to dramatically increase the penalties for those caught illegally transporting guns into Illinois.

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