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Illinois House Plans Right To Work Vote

Democratic Speaker Michael J. Madigan’s office says Thursday’s vote is planned even though the governor hasn’t filed a bill with the Legislature.

05/14/2015

Illinois State Capitol

Lawmakers Weighing Additional Protections For Campus Rape Victims

Victims of campus sex assaults in Illinois would have confidential university advisers to help guide them through the legal and medical systems under a legislative proposal that has passed the state House.

04/27/2015

State Rep. Derrick Smith arrives at the federal courthouse in Chicago for his bribery trial. (Credit: CBS)

Former State Rep. Derrick Smith Gets 5 Months For Taking Bribe

Former Illinois state Rep. Derrick Smith was sentenced to five months in prison on Thursday for pocketing a $7,000 bribe in an FBI sting from a purported day care in return for his backing of a state grant application.

04/23/2015

This artist rendering shows the future Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. (Lucas Museum)

State Lawmakers Try To Clear The Way For Obama Library, Lucas Museum

Hoping to lift any possible legal hurdles to building either Barack Obama’s presidential library or filmmaker George Lucas’ proposed museum on park property, Illinois lawmakers swiftly approved legislation to make sure the Emanuel administration has the authority critics claim it lacks.

04/23/2015

The bane of Chicago motorists: red-light cameras. (CBS)

Ban On Red Light Cameras In Smaller Towns Passes Illinois House

If passed, the legislation would take away the authority of non-home-rule municipalities to use red light cameras after Jan. 1, 2017.

04/22/2015

Illinois House Of Representatives

Illinois House Grills Rauner Budget Director Over Cuts

House Speaker Michael Madigan formed the budget oversight panel after Rauner suspended $26 million in social services and public health grants as part of his push to reduce a $1.6 billion shortfall in the state budget. Lawmakers requested the documents during a Tuesday morning meeting.

04/21/2015

Crime Lab

Speaker Madigan Wants To Increase Funding For Crime Labs

The Chicago Democrat introduced legislation to provide an additional $6 million for forensics laboratories in the budget year that begins July 1.

04/03/2015

Illinois House Of Representatives

House OKs Plan To Fill Illinois Budget Hole

Legislation proposed by Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan and backed by Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner passed the House early Tuesday afternoon with bipartisan support, including 46 of the chamber’s 47 Republicans.

03/24/2015

Illinois State Capitol

Lawmakers To Consider House Plan To Fill State Budget Hole

The Legislature faces a fast-approaching deadline to act as money runs out for subsidized childcare programs, prisons, and court reporters.

03/24/2015

Illinois House Of Representatives

Mom Of Fondling Victim Seeks Change In Sex Offender Law

Proposed legislation to close a loophole in the state’s sex offender laws serves as testament to the persistence of a Plainfield woman who would not take no for an answer.

03/05/2015

Timothy Butler, of Springfield, is sworn in as a state representative on Tuesday at the Illinois State Capitol. (Credit: Illinois House Republicans)

Former Congressional Staffer Replaces Brauer In Illinois House

Tim Butler of Springfield took the oath of office in a ceremony Tuesday morning at the Illinois Capitol in Springfield. He’s filling the seat left vacant after former Republican state Rep. Rich Brauer of Petersburg accepted a job with GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration.

03/03/2015

Heroin

Illinois Lawmakers To Propose Measure To Battle Heroin Abuse

Two Illinois lawmakers plan to propose bipartisan legislation Monday to combat growing heroin and prescription drug abuse, though they acknowledge it may be tough to pass in a difficult budget year.

03/02/2015

Rich Brauer (Credit: Illinois General Assembly)

Rep. Brauer Leaves Illinois House To Join IDOT

A central Illinois lawmaker has resigned from the General Assembly to take a job in Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration. Republican state Rep. Rich Brauer of Petersburg will join the Illinois Department of Transportation.

02/20/2015

Trey Hondras of Jackie Robinson West is greeted by teammates after hitting a two-run homer against Las Vegas on Saturday. (Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Lawmaker Wants JRW’s Title Reinstated, Other Little League Teams Investigated

An Illinois lawmaker has jumped into the fray after the Jackie Robinson West Little League team was stripped of its national title.

02/19/2015

Illinois State Capitol

Illinois Democrats Content To Wait For Rauner Proposals

House and Senate Democrats will seek to protect their own interests and constituencies in eventual negotiations with Rauner. While he speaks of the need for steep budget cuts, they’ll likely seek to protect social services, state workers and Medicaid recipients.

02/03/2015

Members of the Illinois House and Senate hold a joint committee hearing on the state of child welfare at the Department of Children and Family Services. (Credit: CBS)

Lawmakers Probe Illinois Youth Centers In Wake Of Newspaper Series

The head of the agency that oversees children who are wards of the state told state lawmakers Wednesday that a revolving door at the top is partly to blame for abuses that have plagued the department for decades.

01/07/2015

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Lawmakers Consider Requiring Locking Devices For Prescription Painkillers

Experts have asked state lawmakers to require locking containers for prescription painkillers, to help prevent theft and abuse.

12/03/2014

Illinois State Capitol in Springfield

Illinois Lawmakers Won’t Vote On Minimum Wage

Illinois lawmakers face a number of issues as they wind down their fall veto session but won’t consider increasing the state’s minimum wage. Votes could come Wednesday on an expanded election law and a state health-insurance exchange.

12/03/2014

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Lawmakers Debate Illinois’ School Funding Formula

Parents and teachers frustrated with Illinois’ school funding formula rallied for action Tuesday at the state Capitol, as House lawmakers opened talks on a bill that aims to even out disparities between districts by pumping more state dollars into poorer ones and giving less to the wealthiest.

11/19/2014

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Lawmakers Seek Public Input On Plan To Revamp School Funding

State lawmakers who have predicted huge property tax hikes for suburban homeowners under a measure to overhaul funding for public schools have invited the public to provide input on the plan Tuesday night in Arlington Heights.

10/21/2014

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