Illinois State Senate

State Senate Panel OKs Licenses For Illegal ImmigrantsThe Senate Executive Committee voted 12-2 to advance the plan.
State Lawmakers Pass Budget, But Not Without ContentionIllinois lawmakers have passed a budget to the Gov. Pat Quinn, but not without a lot of contention.
State Senate Committee Approves Minimum Wage HikeThe Illinois State Senate Executive Committee has approved a plan to increase the state's minimum wage, and let it increase automatically in the future.
State Senate Panel Shoots Down Bill Aimed At Pension ReformIllinois 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.
Cullerton Does About-Face, Calls For Abolishing Legislative ScholarshipsIllinois Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago) has done an about face, and now recommends abolishing state scholarships awarded by state lawmakers.
State Senate Approves Regulations On FrackingThe 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
Lawmakers Push For Background Checks For Online DatersIllinois lawmakers are pushing for criminal background checks for online daters.
Illinois Democrats Shoot Down Voter ID ProposalIllinois Republicans have tried again to make voters show a photo ID before voting, and the proposal was once again shot down by Democrats.
Cullerton Hopes To Tackle State's Pension LiabilitiesIllinois Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago) wants to tackle the state’s largest financial burden – unfunded pension liabilities – during the upcoming spring legislative session.
Senate Passes Tax Breaks For Sears, CME GroupThe 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.
State Senate OKs Speed Cameras For ChicagoYou 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.
Oberweis Mounts Campaign For State Senate SeatA familiar candidate is throwing his hat into the ring again, this time for the Illinois State Senate.