Illinois State Senate

State Senate Panel OKs Licenses For Illegal Immigrants

The Senate Executive Committee voted 12-2 to advance the plan.


Illinois State Capitol

State Lawmakers Pass Budget, But Not Without Contention

Illinois lawmakers have passed a budget to the Gov. Pat Quinn, but not without a lot of contention.

WBBM Newsradio–06/01/2012

Illinois State Capitol

State Senate Committee Approves Minimum Wage Hike

The Illinois State Senate Executive Committee has approved a plan to increase the state’s minimum wage, and let it increase automatically in the future.

CBS Chicago–05/17/2012

Illinois State Capitol

State Senate Panel Shoots Down Bill Aimed At Pension Reform

Illinois officials have been emphasizing for months that changes must be made to the state pension system to deal with myriad financial problems, but sometimes, reform is easier said than done.

CBS Chicago–05/03/2012

State Senate President John Cullerton

Cullerton Does About-Face, Calls For Abolishing Legislative Scholarships

Illinois Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago) has done an about face, and now recommends abolishing state scholarships awarded by state lawmakers.

CBS Chicago–05/02/2012


State Senate Approves Regulations On Fracking

The Illinois State Senate has passed unanimously, and sent to the state House of Representatives, a bill that would regulate “fracking,” the process used to obtain access to deep natural gas reserves

CBS Chicago–04/27/2012

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Lawmakers Push For Background Checks For Online Daters

Illinois lawmakers are pushing for criminal background checks for online daters.

CBS Chicago–03/29/2012

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Illinois Democrats Shoot Down Voter ID Proposal

Illinois Republicans have tried again to make voters show a photo ID before voting, and the proposal was once again shot down by Democrats.

WBBM Newsradio–03/23/2012

State Senate President John Cullerton

Cullerton Hopes To Tackle State’s Pension Liabilities

Illinois Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago) wants to tackle the state’s largest financial burden – unfunded pension liabilities – during the upcoming spring legislative session.

WBBM Newsradio–01/04/2012

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Senate Passes Tax Breaks For Sears, CME Group

The state Senate has approved a package of tax breaks designed to keep retail giant Sears and Chicago’s main financial exchanges from leaving the state.


Red Light Camera

State Senate OKs Speed Cameras For Chicago

You might not know it yet, but coming soon to a street corner near you could be traffic speed traps – maybe a lot more of them than Mayor Rahm Emanuel discussed last week.

WBBM Newsradio–10/26/2011

Jim Oberweis

Oberweis Mounts Campaign For State Senate Seat

A familiar candidate is throwing his hat into the ring again, this time for the Illinois State Senate.

CBS Chicago–09/13/2011

Illinois State Capitol

State House Rejects Increased Spending Plan By Senate

The work is done for the spring legislative session in Springfield.

WBBM Newsradio–06/01/2011

Power Electricity Generic

Pending Bill Would Mean Rising Electric Rates

Your electric bill could go up if the Illinois State Senate and Gov. Pat Quinn go along with a bill passed by the state House.

CBS Chicago–05/31/2011

Illinois Senate Chambers

Senate To Vote On Bill That Would Move Workers’ Comp Cases To Courts

Local courts, and not a state system of arbiters, would handle workers’ compensation cases if a bill awaiting state Senate action becomes law.

CBS Chicago–05/31/2011


Bill Would Ease Regulations For Farmers Market Vendors

The Illinois State Senate has passed a bill attempting to make things easier for more sellers.

WBBM Newsradio–05/10/2011

Draft Beer

Bill Protecting Craft Brewers Passes State Senate

The beers you’ll never see advertised on the Super Bowl are closer to a victory in Illinois.

CBS Chicago–05/04/2011

Illinois House Floor

Redistricting Hearings Wrap Up In State House

The Illinois House of Representatives has wrapped up its statewide redistricting hearings, and at least one conclusion is apparent – those testifying want more hearings scheduled after the map is drawn.

CBS Chicago–04/26/2011

Illinois State Capitol

Workers’ Comp Overhaul Fails In State Senate

Both Republicans and Democrats agree that workers compensation reform is a serious issue, but a proposal to change the system has failed to pass the state Senate.

WBBM Newsradio–04/15/2011

Illinois State Senate

UPDATED: State Senate Passes Education Reform Bill

The Illinois State Senate has unanimously approved an education reform bill that would lengthen the school day and make changes to how teachers are rewarded or disciplined.

CBS Chicago–04/15/2011