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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

Illinois State Capitol

Illinois GOP Seeks To Close Appointment Loophole

Senate Republicans crying foul after Gov. Pat Quinn used a rare procedural maneuver to try to aid the confirmation of two appointees announced several efforts Thursday to close what they described as a constitutional loophole.

04/03/2014

CBS 2 caught several school buses exceeding 20 mph speed limits in school zones. (CBS)

Proposed Law Would Let Drivers ‘Sign And Go’ For Speeding

Legislation being considered by lawmakers in Springfield would allow drivers to keep their licenses in hand after getting speeding tickets.

04/01/2014

A woman lights up. (file/AFP Getty Images)

Lawmaker Wants Ban On Smoking In Cars With Kids

Sen. Ira Silverstein (D-Chicago) argued there is no safe level of second-hand smoke for a minor to be inhaling, so he’s introduced legislation to prohibit smoking in a vehicle if anyone under the age of 18 is inside.

02/18/2014

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

Republican Party's Elephant Symbol (Photo by Joe Raedle/Newsmakers)

Chicago GOP — Yes, There Is One — Backing 18 Legislative Candidates

Republicans in Chicago say, this time, they are running serious and determined candidates for the Illinois legislature, and they plan well-funded campaigns to unseat incumbent Democrats.

12/12/2013

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Illinois Lawmakers OK Pension Reform Plan

The Illinois Legislature approved a historic plan Tuesday to eliminate the state’s $100 billion pension shortfall, a vote that proponents described as critical to repairing the state’s deeply troubled finances but that faces the immediate threat of a legal challenge from labor unions.

12/03/2013

Illinois State Capitol

Legislative Leaders Reach Deal On Pension Reform

After more than five months of work, Illinois’ legislative leaders announced Wednesday they’ve reached a deal to help solve the state’s $100 billion pension problem, considered the nation’s worst.

11/27/2013

Illinois House Of Representatives

Illinois House, Senate Pass Same-Sex Marriage Bill

A historic vote Tuesday in the Illinois House positioned that state to become the largest in the heartland to legalize gay marriage, following months of arduous lobbying efforts by both sides in President Barack Obama’s home state.

11/05/2013

Illinois House Of Representatives

Gay Marriage Opponents Invoke God, Free Speech

Opponents of legislation to legalize gay marriage in Illinois rallied Wednesday outside the state Capitol, one day after thousands held their own event to urge lawmakers to approve it.

10/23/2013

Illinois House Of Representatives

Same-Sex Marriage Supporters Flock To Springfield To Push For Vote

Supporters of gay marriage in Illinois say now is the time for lawmakers to give it the okay, and headed to Springfield by the busload on Tuesday to deliver their message, but it remained unclear if there were enough votes in the House to send same-sex marriage legislation to the governor.

10/22/2013

Gov. Pat Quinn and Democratic challenger Bill Daley (Credit: CBS)

Daley Slams Quinn’s CTA Board Pick, Won’t Discuss Daley Family Patronage

Democratic candidate for governor Bill Daley continued his attack on incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn to rescind his controversial pick for the CTA board, but ducked questions about patronage hiring under his brother and father, both former mayors.

08/08/2013

Illinois State Capitol

Lawmakers Vote To Override Quinn’s Changes To Concealed Carry Bill

Illinois lawmakers have voted to reject a set of changes Gov. Pat Quinn made to legislation allowing the carrying of concealed firearms in Illinois.

07/09/2013

Illinois State Capitol

Quinn, Lawmakers Plan Pension Talks Into July

Gov. Pat Quinn and lawmakers are working on a new plan to solve the state’s $97 billion pension crisis that involves forming a bipartisan committee and reconvening the Legislature again in July.

06/18/2013

Illinois State Capitol

Madigan Enlists Nekritz To Negotiate With Cullerton On Pensions

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan might not be in touch with Gov. Pat Quinn, but there might be some behind-the-scenes work ahead to resolve the state’s pension reform impasse before a special session of the General Assembly on June 19.

WBBM Newsradio–06/07/2013

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

General Assembly Passes Illinois Concealed Carry Bill

The General Assembly has passed a bill that would make Illinois the last state in the nation to allow concealed carry .

05/31/2013

Several ballots supplied for the primary election in Illinois on March 20, 2012, were a fraction of an inch too big, and would not fit in vote tabulation machines. Some were cut down to size, others were put aside to be counted by hand. (Credit: CBS)

Lake County Pols Spar Over Control Of Local Elections

The Illinois Senate has passed a measure that would strip the Lake County Clerk’s office of the power to supervise local elections, and hand it over to a new commission appointed by the county’s chief judge.

05/30/2013

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Union Analysis: Senate Pension Reform Plan Saves More Than House Plan

A study by the We Are One Illinois coalition shows that if half of employees and retirees choose to forgo post-career health insurance as part of Senate President John Cullerton’s proposal, the state’s debt to two health insurance programs would be cut in half, by $26 billion.

05/30/2013

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Ill. Senate Panel Advances Stricter Gun-Carry Bill

Majority Democrats on the committee drove the 10-6 vote in favor of the bill by Sen. Kwame Raoul Raoul said he doesn’t know how many votes he has on the floor or when he’ll call it.

05/28/2013

A man talks on his cell phone while driving.(Photo credit: DIBYANGSHU SARKAR/AFP/Getty Images)

Senate Passes Ban On Handheld Cell Phones While Driving

The proposal says drivers must use hands-free devices or speakerphone features.

05/24/2013

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