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Concealed Carry Bill Moves To House Floor, But Senate Objects

A concealed-carry gun deal brokered by House Speaker Michael Madigan cleared a House committee Thursday, but its prospects were unclear across the Capitol in the Senate because of the way it would curb existing local gun laws.

05/23/2013

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Lawmakers Debate Lowering Mandatory School Age From 7 To 6

The Illinois Senate has passed a measure that would require parents to send their kids to school before their 7th birthday, in a vote that broke down along party lines.

05/22/2013

.223 AR-15 ammunition and a high capacity 30 round clip sits on the table at the 'Get Some Guns & Ammo' shooting range on January 15, 2013 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Lawmakers are calling for tougher gun legislation after recent mass shootings at an Aurora, Colorado movie theater and at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)

Illinois Senate Panel OKs Ban On High-Capacity Ammo Clips

By a vote of 12-3, the Senate Executive Committee banned the future sale and distribution of so-called high capacity ammunition clips – magazines that hold more than 10 bullets.

05/20/2013

A budtender handles marijuana at Perennial Holistic Wellness Center, a not-for-profit medical marijuana dispensary in operation since 2006, on September 7, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Illinois Senate Passes Medical Marijuana Legislation

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn must decide if he will sign a measure allowing the use of marijuana for medical purposes after the state Senate approved legislation on Friday.

05/17/2013

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Religious Opponents Continue Campaign Against Same-Sex Marriage

About 200 ministers and others gathered in the south suburbs on Tuesday, day calling on the Illinois House to say “no” to legislation to legalize same-sex marriages.

05/14/2013

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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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Senate Approves Union-Backed Pension Reform

The Illinois Senate voted Thursday to send a union-supported pension reform bill to the House, leaving lawmakers with two competing proposals for dealing with the nation’s worst state pension problem just weeks before the Legislature is scheduled to adjourn.

05/09/2013

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Illinois Senate Passes Union-Backed Pension Plan

The Illinois Senate voted Thursday to send a union-supported pension reform bill to the House, leaving lawmakers with two competing proposals for dealing with the nation’s worst state pension crisis just weeks before the Legislature is scheduled to adjourn.

05/09/2013

A budtender handles marijuana at Perennial Holistic Wellness Center, a not-for-profit medical marijuana dispensary in operation since 2006, on September 7, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Senate Panel Backs Medical Marijuana, Despite Concerns From Police

Leading Illinois law enforcement organizations stepped up their opposition Wednesday to legalizing marijuana for medicinal use, warning Gov. Pat Quinn in a letter about lax motorist safeguards on a day a committee moved the measure to the Senate floor.

05/08/2013

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Illinois Senate Passes ‘Puppy Lemon’ Legislation

If the state protects consumers who unknowingly buy “lemon” cars, why shouldn’t the same safeguards exist when putting down big money on Fido, Murph or Fluffy at a pet store? State lawmakers took a serious look at that question Wednesday.

05/02/2013

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Senate Approves New Gambling Expansion Plan

A refined plan to add more casinos and slot machines in Illinois — clarified to quell concerns over who would control a Chicago casino — was approved by the Illinois Senate on Wednesday, a proposal supporters believe is their best chance yet to expand gambling in the state.

05/01/2013

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Illinois Senate Concealed Carry Proposal To Get Overhaul

Illinois Senate legislation touted as a compromise between Chicagoans weary of street violence and gun owners eager to legally carry concealed weapons elsewhere appears more restrictive than promised, according to a copy obtained by The Associated Press. It will be redrafted before it’s even filed, a spokeswoman said Monday.

04/29/2013

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Senate Working To Improve Odds For Gambling Expansion

Sen. President John Cullerton, D-Chicago, plans to strip language that would legalize Internet gambling from the bill, after it had become clear that the governor and some legislators who supported previous gambling bills had concerns that could derail passage of the larger package.

04/25/2013

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Senate Cracks Down On Social Media ‘Flash Mobs’

Anyone convicted of using social media to plan or incite a mob attack could face tougher punishment under legislation approved by the Illinois Senate.

04/25/2013

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Teachers Head To Springfield To Urge Halt To School Closings

A group of about 50 teachers, parents and students from the Chicago Public Schools boarded a bus to Springfield Tuesday morning, to make their voices heard about school closings.

03/19/2013

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Lawmaker Wants City To Be Able To Boot Cars To Collect On Unpaid Debts

An Illinois state senator wants to allow the city of Chicago to boot and sell cars belonging to people who owe the city money on a court judgment.

CBS Chicago–02/26/2013

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Illinois Senate OKs Same-Sex Marriage Proposal

The Illinois Senate has voted to approve legislation legalizing same-sex marriages in Illinois.

CBS Chicago–02/14/2013

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

Gay Marriage Legislation Advances In State Senate

An Illinois Senate committee has approved legalizing gay marriage for the second time in a month.

02/05/2013

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Illinois Senate Adjourns; No Votes On Same-Sex Marriage, Weapons Ban

Bills on same-sex marriage and an assault weapons ban didn’t come up for a Senate vote on Thursday.

01/04/2013

A customer purchases an AK-47 style rifle for about $1200 at Freddie Bear Sports sporting goods store on December 17, 2012 in Tinley Park, Illinois (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Move To Ban Assault Weapons Stalls In State Senate

An Illinois Senate vote to ban semi-automatic assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips has been delayed, because supporters have yet to line up enough votes to pass the two measures.

CBS Chicago–01/03/2013

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