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Illinois General Assembly

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IDOT Secretary Urges Lawmakers To Reject 70 MPH Highway Speed Limit

The state’s top transportation official would like to slow momentum for a move to increase the top speed limit in Illinois.

WBBM Newsradio–05/14/2013

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Schools Worry About Covering Teacher Pension Costs

Public school administrators told lawmakers Thursday that some local districts would have to raise property taxes if legislators vote to have them cover the cost of teacher pensions.

05/10/2013

Illinois House Of Representatives

Cullerton Touts Pension Deal With Unions As House Committee OKs Madigan Plan

Labor leaders threatened a lawsuit Wednesday over House Speaker Michael Madigan’s pension-reform proposal to lower the retirement benefits of public employees in Illinois, but a committee advanced the plan anyway.

05/01/2013

Illinois State Capitol

Bill Would Help Women Avoid Custody Battles With Alleged Rapists

Women who have babies that are the result of rape would have an easier time keeping the alleged rapist out of the child’s life under a measure making its way through the Illinois General Assembly.

WBBM Newsradio–04/11/2013

Gun control activists wear NRA pistol targets in a protest demanding Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan take the state's ban on carrying concealed weapons to the U.S. Supreme Court. A federal appeals court struck down the ban last year, and gave lawmakers until June 9 to come up with a new concealed carry law. (Credit: CBS)

Protesters Urge Madigan To Take Concealed Carry Case To Supreme Court

Activists staged a protest Thursday over Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s decision to wait until the legislature follows a court order and passes a new concealed carry law, rather than appeal the case to the U.S. Supreme Court.

CBS Chicago–03/21/2013

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

Quinn: ‘Most Difficult Budget Ever’ Due To Pension Mess

Governor Quinn says he found this his toughest budget to deliver to Illinois lawmakers, and it’s getting criticism from both sides of the aisle, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

03/06/2013

Illinois State Capitol

Typo In Budget Plan Would Cap Illinois Spending At $35K

Illinois lawmakers are trying to keep a lid on spending, but a drafting error in a budget plan they approved would allow only $35,000 to run the entire state government for a year.

03/06/2013

Walter Jacobson

Walter’s Perspective: Allowing Guns On Public Transportation Is Madness

CBS 2′s Walter Jacobson says lawmakers shouldn’t cave to the demands of the NRA that Chicago commuters be allowed to carry concealed weapons.

02/26/2013

Supporters of same-sex marriage rally outside the Thompson Center in downtown Chicago on Jan. 5, 2013. (Credit: CBS)

Same-Sex Marriage Sponsor Predicts ‘Fast Track’ For Approval

The House sponsor of legislation to legalize same-sex marriage in Illinois said the measure could get a vote “very soon,” after the new General Assembly was sworn in this week.

CBS Chicago–01/10/2013

A doctor wears a stethoscope during an examination (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Layoffs Loom For Doctor Watchdogs

The Illinois government agency that looks into complaints against doctors announced it will lay off investigators starting Tuesday and warned of yearlong delays in physician licensing because the Legislature didn’t act to bail out the medical watchdog unit.

01/10/2013

Walter Jacobson

Walter’s Perspective: More Of The Same Nothing From Lawmakers On Pension Crisis

It’s hard to believe, but there are some players in the news playing worse than the Fighting Irish.

CBS 2–01/08/2013

A group of six African-American ministers urged state lawmakers to reject legislation to legalize same-sex marriage in Illinois on Jan. 7, 2012. (Credit: CBS)

State Senator: Ministers’ Vow Of Backlash For Gay Marriage Vote An ‘Empty Threat’

A coalition of West Side ministers was urging state lawmakers to reject legislation that would legalize same-sex marriage in Illinois, but at least one lawmaker said the ministers’ threat of political backlash against lawmakers who vote for gay marriage was nothing but an “empty threat.”

WBBM Newsradio–01/07/2013

Barack Obama (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Obama Urging Illinois Legislature To Support Gay Marriage: Report

A spokesman for President Obama says the former Illinois state lawmaker is urging the General Assembly here to approve gay-marriage legislation, the Sun-Times is reporting.

12/29/2012

Gov. Pat Quinn (Credit: CBS)

Quinn: ‘High Noon’ Coming For State’s Pension Mess

Gov. Pat Quinn says, when state lawmakers go back to Springfield for their final session before the new legislature takes over, addressing the pension mess has to be their top priority.

CBS Chicago–12/28/2012

Same Sex Marriage

Illinois Lawmakers Hope To OK Gay Marriage Next Month

Two Illinois lawmakers said Thursday they will seek legislative approval of gay marriage when the General Assembly reconvenes in three weeks, answering Gov. Pat Quinn’s hope that he could sign same-sex marital rights into law as early as January.

12/13/2012

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Joliet Mayor Says Illinois Has Enough Casinos Already

State lawmakers could attempt to override Gov. Pat Quinn’s veto of legislation to expand casino gambling in Illinois during their two-week veto session that started Thursday, but one city that already has a casino says enough is enough.

WBBM Newsradio–11/27/2012

Cash Register

Think Tank Cautions Against Raising State’s Minimum Wage

A pro-business think tank was warning that a legislative proposal to raise the minimum wage in Illinois would do more harm than good.

CBS Chicago–11/13/2012

Illinois State Capitol

Expert: Redistricting A Big Factor In Democrats’ Wins In Illinois

A local political expert said Wednesday that Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan’s remap of the state’s voting districts proved to be very successful for the Democrats.

11/07/2012

Illinois State Capitol

Democrats Keep Control Of General Assembly

Democrats have retained control of both houses of the Illinois General Assembly.

11/07/2012

City Hall

Emanuel Vows Full-Court Press On Pension Reform

Faced with an employee pension crisis that could become his biggest challenge, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Thursday he is putting his full force behind getting lawmakers in Springfield to achieve an overhaul of the state’s pension systems.

10/11/2012

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