Illinois House Of Representatives

Illinois State Rep. Derrick Smith (D-Chicago) leaves the Dirksen Building federal courthouse on March 13, 2012, after he was released on bond, following his arrest for allegedly taking a $7,000 bribe. (Credit: CBS)

State House Expels Rep. Derrick Smith

The Illinois House of Representatives has voted to expel state Rep. Derrick Smith (D-Chicago).

CBS Chicago–08/17/2012

Illinois House Of Representatives

State Lawmakers Fail To Pass Pension Reform Before Deadline

Gov. Pat Quinn is promising not to give up the fight for pension reform, after lawmakers failed to get a bill passed before the deadline of midnight Thursday night.

CBS Chicago–06/01/2012

Rep. Mike Bost

Downstate Lawmaker Screams, Throws Papers Over Pension Reform Bill

A downstate lawmaker screamed, yelled and threw papers Tuesday, as he expressed frustration about the Democrat-led plan to overhaul the state pension system.

CBS Chicago–05/30/2012

Michele Piszczor

Opponent: Lots Of People ‘Cannot Stand’ Speaker Madigan

A woman challenging Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) for his Southwest Side legislative seat says she’s not discouraged.

CBS Chicago–03/16/2012

Illinois House Floor

Victims’ Bill Of Rights May Be Added To State Constitution

A Victims’ Bill of Rights could be added to the Illinois State Constitution, if a proposed amendment makes it onto the November ballot.

CBS Chicago–02/13/2012

Illinois House Floor

Lawmakers To Try Again On Package To Keep Sears, CME Group

State lawmakers are going take one more try before the end of the year to pass tax relief for Illinois businesses that are threatening to leave.

CBS Chicago–12/07/2011

Illinois House Floor

Move To Resume Paying Regional School Superintendents Fails In State House

An attempt to pay Illinois’ regional school superintendents – who have worked almost four months for no pay – has failed in the Illinois House of Representatives.

CBS Chicago–10/28/2011

Photo Of Marijuana Plants. (AP Photo)

Support Growing For Medical Marijuana In Illinois

Support is growing in Springfield for legalizing medical marijuana.

CBS Chicago–04/28/2011

File Photo Of A Handgun (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Gun Restriction Bills Fail In Springfield

A couple of bills to further control the movement of guns in Illinois have failed to pass the state House.

CBS Chicago–04/14/2011

Illinois House Floor

Proposed Murder Convict Registry Advances

Those convicted of first-degree murder will have to register with a public searchable database if a bill moving through the Illinois General Assembly becomes law.

CBS Chicago–04/06/2011

Photo Of Marijuana Plants. (AP Photo)

Medical Marijuana Bill Advances In Illinois House

If you suffer from chronic pain or are a cancer, HIV or Hepatitis C patient, you may soon be able to get a 21/2-ounce dose of medical marijuana.

WBBM Newsradio–03/10/2011

Illinois State Capitol

Rule Would Make Blocking Bills Harder In State House

A common complaint at the state Capitol is that a bill is trapped in the House Rules Committee. A new rule would keep that from happening so easily.

WBBM Newsradio–02/08/2011

Illinois State Seal

Workers’ Comp Reforms Pass House Committee

Illinois business groups are pleased with workers’ compensation reforms passed in a state House committee Sunday evening.

WBBM Newsradio–01/10/2011