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Charter School Parents, Students To Lobby State Lawmakers

Charter school advocates said at least 12 pieces of proposed legislation in Springfield would harm charter schools if approved.

04/08/2014

CBS 2 caught several school buses exceeding 20 mph speed limits in school zones. (CBS)

Proposed Law Would Let Drivers ‘Sign And Go’ For Speeding

Legislation being considered by lawmakers in Springfield would allow drivers to keep their licenses in hand after getting speeding tickets.

04/01/2014

Texas-based Solid Concepts has created a working metal handgun with a 3-D printer. (Credit: Facebook)

Lawmaker Wants To Bar 3-D Printing Of Guns Without Federal License

As 3-D printing technology grows more and more sophisticated, an Illinois lawmaker wants to make it illegal to use a 3-D printer to make firearms, or gun parts, unless you have a federal gun manufacturer’s license.

02/14/2014

An automated external defibrillator device that will be installed on a Metra train. (Credit: CBS)

Girl’s Parents Seek Law Requiring High Schools To Teach AED Use

Mary Laman’s daughter, Lauren, died in February 2008, after she collapsed in the cafeteria at St. Charles North High School.

12/17/2013

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Proposed Teen Tanning Ban Still Waiting For Action From Quinn

Donna Moncivaiz, who suffers from late-stage melanoma, is among the most vocal supporters of pending legislation that would ban indoor tanning in Illinois for anyone younger than 18.

08/15/2013

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Madigan Moves To Gut Cullerton’s Pension Reform Plan

House Speaker Michael Madigan has taken steps to replace Senate President John Cullerton’s pension reform plan with his own plan, even though the speaker’s plan was soundly defeated in the Senate last month.

CBS Chicago–06/12/2013

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House Passes Concealed Carry Plan Opposed By Senate Leader

Gun owners could carry concealed weapons in Illinois, the last state in the nation to prohibit it, under legislation that swept through the House Friday with the backing of the powerful Democratic speaker from Chicago, a city torn by violence despite what critics claim are the nation’s toughest firearms restrictions.

05/24/2013

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 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

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)

State Lawmaker Ready To Seek House Vote On Medical Marijuana Legislation

The sponsor of legislation that would allow medical marijuana use in Illinois said Tuesday he’ll push for a vote on the measure when lawmakers return to Springfield early next month.

WBBM Newsradio–03/26/2013

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State Rep. Seeking To Limit Tackling At High School Football Practice

State Rep. Carol Sente (D-Vernon Hills) said conversations with Northbrook neurologist Dr. Larry Robbins led to her increased concern about young athletes taking repeated hits to the head.

WBBM Newsradio–02/12/2013

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Secretary Of State Seeks To Eliminate Court Supervision For Drivers In Deadly Crashes

Kill someone with your car, and get a real punishment — that’s the idea behind new proposed legislation in Illinois that could take court supervision off the table in crashes that result in fatalities.

CBS Chicago–09/25/2012

Illinois House Floor

House Shoots Down Bill To Allow Recording Of Police Officers

Illinois lawmakers have defeated a measure to allow private citizens to make audio recordings of police officers on the job.

CBS Chicago–03/22/2012

Driver On Cell Phone

State House Passes Cell Phone Ban For Illinois Drivers

The State of Illinois is a step closer to implementing a statewide ban on hand-held cell phone use while driving.

03/08/2012

Illinois House Floor

Lawmakers Push For Financial Impact Data On All Proposed Legislation

Illinois state government might be teetering financially, but our lawmakers continue to spend billions of dollars by passing legislation they sometimes might not even understand.

CBS 2–02/15/2012

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Doctors, CPS Support Push For Speed Cameras Near Schools

Doctors at Children’s Memorial Hospital and Chicago Public Schools officials said they support Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s push for legislation to use red light cameras to catch speeders near schools and parks.

CBS Chicago–10/23/2011

Illinois State Capitol

Proposed Legislation Takes Aim At Pension Double Dippers

New proposed legislation aims to close the loopholes that have allowed some Chicago labor union leaders to collect massive public pensions.

CBS Chicago–10/12/2011

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State Senators Push For $10 Minimum Wage

A group of Illinois Senate Democrats has introduced a proposal that would gradually raise the state’s minimum wage to more than $10 an hour, the highest minimum wage in the nation.

CBS Chicago–02/11/2011