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Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez and Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy urge Gov. Pat Quinn to sign the "Street Gang RICO" Law, which would allow state prosecutors to go after street gang leaders, much like federal prosecutors use federal RICO laws to target mobsters. (Credit: CBS)

Alvarez, McCarthy Urge Quinn To Sign New ‘Street Gang RICO’ Law

Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez and Police Supt. Garry McCarthy are urging Gov. Pat Quinn to quickly sign legislation considered to be a powerful new tool for law enforcement agencies to target gangs in Illinois.

CBS Chicago–06/06/2012

Two students fight when one is accused of bullying the other. (Credit: CBS)

Lawmaker: Rejection Of Anti-Bullying Bill Is ‘Disgusting’

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.

CBS Chicago–05/23/2012

Gov. Pat Quinn speaks to the City Club of Chicago. (Credit: CBS)

Quinn Wants ‘Epic’ End To Legislative Session

Lawmakers have less than two weeks before their scheduled adjournment, and the governor wants to make sure they’re on the right track.

WBBM Newsradio–05/22/2012

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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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Bill Would Allow Culinary Students Under 21 To Taste Alcohol

A piece of legislation approved by an Illinois State Senate committee would allow Illinois students to take a sip of alcohol – provided that they don’t swallow it.

CBS Chicago–03/28/2012

Illinois State Capitol

Bill Would Ban State Universities From Using Executive Headhunters

A bill that has passed the Illinois House would bar state universities hiring executive headhunters.

CBS Chicago–03/26/2012

Viagra (file; CBS)

Lawmaker: Men Who Want Viagra Should Have To Watch Graphic ‘Side-Effects’ Video

The proposal is one female legislator’s reaction to legislation that would encourage women to get an ultrasound before ending a pregnancy.

03/02/2012

A city of Chicago red light camera (Credit: CBS)

Quinn Approves City’s Plan To Bust Speeders With Cameras

Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation allowing the City of Chicago to use cameras to catch speeders near schools and parks.

CBS Chicago–02/06/2012

A city of Chicago red light camera (Credit: CBS)

Quinn Putting ‘Finishing Touches’ On Speed Camera Legislation

A day after Mayor Rahm Emanuel urged him to sign legislation allowing cameras to catch speeders near Chicago schools, Gov. Pat Quinn said he would act soon, but hinted he might have some changes in mind.

CBS Chicago–01/31/2012

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (left) and Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (right). [Credit: CBS]

Quinn: Indiana’s Push For ‘Right To Work’ Law Won’t Hurt Illinois

As Indiana lawmakers head toward final passage of so-called “right to work” legislation, Gov. Pat Quinn is calling it a bad move that won’t help Indiana compete with Illinois for business.

WBBM Newsradio–01/31/2012

(Credit: Illinois Department Of Revenue)

New Illinois Law Raises Earned-Income Tax Credit

Legislation aimed at helping poor Illinois families keep more of what they earn was signed into law Tuesday, a month after Gov. Pat Quinn signed companion legislation granting tax breaks and incentives aimed at keeping two big employers in the state.

01/10/2012

An incense product that some young people are inhaling can have serious effects, officials warn. (CBS)

City Ban On Synthetic Pot Starts Wednesday, Statewide Ban Starts Jan. 1

Starting Wednesday, it will be illegal to sell synthetic marijuana in Chicago. A statewide ban takes effect on Jan. 1, 2012.

CBS Chicago–12/13/2011

Illinois House Floor

Sears Disappointed In State House’s Rejection Of Tax Break

Sears Holdings Corp. says it is disappointed after the Illinois House of Representatives voted down legislation that would have provided tax breaks to keep the retailer, as well as the CME Group, in the state.

CBS Chicago–12/01/2011

Heroin use (file image: CBS)

Bill Would Grant Immunity When Drug Overdoses Are Reported

Legislation in Springfield would grant immunity when individuals call 9-1-1 to report a drug overdoses. Sponsors hope that will save lives, CBS 2’s Dana Kozlov reports.

10/24/2011

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‘Smart Grid’ Bill Supporters Working To Override Quinn’s Veto

Supporters of the recently vetoed “Smart Grid” bill are trying to garner enough support to override the governor, and the efforts may be working.

WBBM Newsradio–09/20/2011

Gov. Pat Quinn

ComEd ‘Smart Grid’ Bill Reaches Quinn’s Desk, Gov Vows Veto

Now that the legislature has finally sent Gov. Pat Quinn a bill that would raise electric rates to help pay to modernize Illinois’ power grid, Governor Quinn is making no secret that he will veto it.

WBBM Newsradio–08/31/2011

Gov. Pat Quinn (left) said Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (right) was "putting the cart before the horse" by talking about plans for what the city would do with revenue from a Chicago casino, when Quinn has yet to decide whether to sign legislation for a major gambling expansion in Illinois. Emanuel said he "will not allow Chicago’s future to be held hostage because the state obviously has other financial issues and their resources have been drying up over the years." (Credit: CBS)

Quinn To Emanuel On Chicago Casino: Don’t Count On Cash Yet

Gov. Pat Quinn gave Mayor Rahm Emanuel a piece of his mind on Tuesday, telling him you can’t spend money from a Chicago casino that is still a long way from reality.

CBS Chicago–08/16/2011

Casino Gambling

Report: Not All Campaign Donations From Gambling Industry Tied To Legislation

Campaign donations from the gambling industry aren’t necessarily related to the recent passage of a major Illinois gambling expansion, a review of donations from the industry to lawmakers shows.

WBBM Newsradio–07/27/2011

Baby Bottle, BPA

Child Care Workers Must Take SUID, SIDS Prevention Training

Gov. Pat Quinn on Wednesday signed legislation that aims to increase the safety of infant and newborn.

07/06/2011

Illinois State Capitol

Illinois Republicans Seek More Workers’ Comp Changes

The ink is barely drive on Illinois’ new workers’ compensation law, but already, Republicans in the legislature are hoping to make far bigger changes.

CBS Chicago–07/04/2011

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