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.
After two days of snags in moving the issue, Sen. Heather Steans finally won committee approval by an 8-5 vote Thursday evening, sending the measure next to the floor.
An Illinois Senate committee, in a party-line vote, has approved restrictions on semiautomatic assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips.
A push to legalize same-sex marriages in Illinois hit a slight snag on Wednesday, but supporters sounded confident the measure would move forward on Thursday.
It’s a hot button issue: should undocumented immigrants be allowed to get driver’s licenses? Even leaders in Chicago’s Latino community are divided on a measure that would grant undocumented immigrants temporary licenses.
A plan that would allow illegal immigrants in Illinois to get driver’s licenses cleared another hurdle Tuesday, with the state Senate approving the measure hours after Republican leaders in the General Assembly offered their support and said they’ve been working with Democrats on the issue for years.
Gov. Pat Quinn said Friday he disagrees that the new veto-proof majorities for Democrats in the Illinois House and Senate next year will reduce his own authority.
A local political expert said Wednesday that Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan’s remap of the state’s voting districts proved to be very successful for the Democrats.
Gov. Pat Quinn has called for a special session of the Illinois General Assembly next month in an effort to finally reach a consensus on pension reform.
Illinois lawmakers have passed a budget to the Gov. Pat Quinn, but not without a lot of contention.
Illinois lawmakers are rolling the dice once again on a gambling bill, but its fate remains unclear.
Illinois hospitals would be required to provide free care to some poor people under a bill being considered in Springfield.
Illinois lawmakers have approved a $1 per pack cigarette tax increase to help fill a gaping Medicaid budget hole, and the governor has indicated he’ll sign it quickly when it reaches his desk.
An Illinois lawmaker called the state’s rejection of an anti-bullying ordinance “disgusting.” The bill was voted down after some conservative lawmakers expressed concern that it might be used to promote acceptance of homosexuality.
Lawmakers failed to pass an enhanced anti-bullying law due to some members’ religious concerns.
The program allowing state lawmakers to give free tuition to students – who are supposed to live in the lawmakers’ respective districts – is a step closer to the junk pile, winning approval Thursday in an Illinois House committee.
The Illinois Senate agreed Thursday to stop letting lawmakers hand out free college educations to their constituents, removing the final roadblock to ending a century-old practice plagued by allegations of corruption and political favoritism.
The state’s controversial legislative scholarship program — which allows lawmakers to provide free tuition to state universities to students in their districts — is still alive, despite several attempts to end it. And a top Republican lawmaker says Senate Democratic leaders won’t let efforts to repeal the program come up for a vote.
Some Illinois lawmakers say it’s time for some spring cleaning when it comes to the state’s laws.
Illinois Senate Republicans say there’s a lot not to like about Gov. Pat Quinn’s budget plans, and the way he’s running the state. But as WBBM Newsradio Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports, they are siding with Quinn on a couple of big issues.
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