Illinois House

Illinois House Of Representatives

Madigan Advances Minimum Wage Ballot Question

Weeks after it became clear Illinois Democrats were struggling to find the necessary votes for legislation to increase the state’s minimum wage, House Speaker Michael Madigan began advancing the issue by another route, in a move laced with political calculation.

05/16/2014

Illinois House Of Representatives

Madigan: Budget Vote Helps With Tax Increase

House Speaker Michael Madigan said Wednesday that his chamber’s effort to pass a budget without first securing all the needed revenue would aid a push to make an income tax hike permanent, but his colleagues in the Senate were not happy with the unusual move.

05/15/2014

US President Barack Obama departs after making a statement to the press on April 2, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois, on the shooting at the Fort Hood military base in Texas. (JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

House Panel Takes Second Vote On $100M For Obama Library

An Illinois House committee has voted a second time to approve $100 million in state funding to bring Barack Obama’s presidential library and museum to Illinois.

04/30/2014

Illinois House Of Representatives

Illinois House Shoots Down Ban On Gay Conversion Therapy

An effort to ban the controversial practice of “conversion therapy” to turn gay, lesbian and bisexual youth heterosexual has been defeated in the Illinois House.

04/11/2014

An Illinois Voter Casts Her Ballot. (Michal Czerwonka/Getty Images)

Amendment Protecting Ill. Voters To Go On Ballot

Illinois voters will consider a constitutional amendment this fall aimed at scuttling attempts at voter suppression after Senate action Thursday.

04/11/2014

A Lyft car sits at a stoplight. As ridesharing services like Lyft, Uber and SideCar become more popular, the taxi industry is pushing for tougher regulation of their new competition. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Illinois House OKs Ride-Sharing Regulations

Illinois lawmakers took steps Thursday toward creating rules for unregulated ridesharing companies, which have gained popularity in Chicago the past few years.

04/11/2014

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House Panel OKs Measure Requiring Workplace Protections For Pregnant Women

A proposal in Springfield aims to protect pregnant women in Illinois against workplace discrimination.

04/10/2014

Illinois House Of Representatives

House, Senate Approve Chicago Pension Reform Plan

The legislation sponsored by House Speaker Michael Madigan overcame earlier resistance after the Chicago Democrat removed language mentioning the tax increase. Opponents feared they’d be blamed for a Chicago tax increase.

04/08/2014

City Hall

Lawmakers Fear Blame For Chicago Pension Tax Hike

A fast-tracked plan to overhaul two Chicago city-pension programs slowed in the Illinois House Thursday, as nervous lawmakers said they fear backlash for a massive property-tax increase even if they don’t directly approve it.

04/04/2014

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Move To Decriminalize Pot Possession Advances In Springfield

Proposed legislation sponsored by state Rep. Kelly Cassidy (D-Chicago) would make possession of an ounce of marijuana a petty offense, punishable only by a fine of no more than $100.

04/03/2014

Ald. Ed Burke (14th)

Emanuel Pension Plan Clears First Hurdle In Springfield

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to reform two underfunded employee pension systems quickly took its first step toward approval in the Illinois General Assembly on Wednesday.

04/02/2014

Anna Moeller (Credit: City of Elgin)

Elgin Councilwoman Sworn In To Replace Farnham In House

Elgin City Council member Anna Moeller was sworn in Sunday to replace former state Rep. Keith Farnham, who resigned earlier this month.

03/31/2014

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House OKs Proposal To Require School Buses For Safe Passage Routes

CPS officials tried to block the proposal, saying it would cost the district more than $60 million a year.

03/28/2014

Illinois House Floor

Madigan’s Plan To Add Tax On Millionaires Advances In House

The day after Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn called for making Illinois’ temporary income tax increase permanent, a proposal to impose an additional tax on millionaires was sent to the House floor Thursday.

03/27/2014

Illinois State Capitol

Proposed Ban On ‘Conversion Therapy’ Advances In Springfield

The measure sponsored by Chicago Democratic Rep. Kelly Cassidy prohibits mental health providers from providing so-called conversion therapy — aimed at changing the sexual orientation of gay young people — to anyone who is under age 18.

03/26/2014

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State School Chief: $1B In Education Cuts Would Be ‘Devastating’

Illinois State Board of Education Superintendent Christopher Koch had sought a $1 billion increase in his department’s budget for next year. Instead, lawmakers have recommended a $1 billion decrease as part of a preliminary budget blueprint.

03/13/2014

Illinois State Capitol in Springfield

Lawmakers Begin Hearings In Push For Higher Minimum Wage

The House Labor & Commerce Committee heard testimony Wednesday from supporters of increasing the minimum wage in Illinois beyond the current $8.25.

03/06/2014

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Lawmakers Weigh Measure Giving Four-Time DUI Convicts Another Chance

Two of Illinois’ strongest allies in fighting drunken driving were somewhat in disagreement a proposal to give drivers with four drunk driving convictions a chance go get their license back.

WBBM Newsradio–02/20/2014

Metra crews work on clearing switches amid subzero temperatures in January. (CBS)

Metra Boss Faces Lawmakers’ Questions About Winter Delays

State lawmakers put the new head of Metra on the hot seat Monday over frequent weather delays during the record cold this winter.

02/10/2014

Gov. Pat Quinn (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Gov. Quinn Says He’s Worked To ‘Rebuild Illinois’

Gov. Pat Quinn focused on ways to create jobs and trumpeted his accomplishments with election-year flair Wednesday in an annual speech that fell on the five-year anniversary of when lawmakers booted his predecessor, now imprisoned ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich, from office.

01/29/2014

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