Proposed Legislation

U.S. Rep. Bob Dold speaks with Youth Conservation Corps participants in Waukegan, Illinois. (Credit: Craig Dellimore/WBBM)

Dold Pushing Measure To Help Get Jobs For Welfare Recipients

U.S. Rep. Bob Dold (R-Ill.) said bipartisan legislation he has sponsored would commit $100 million in federal funding to states to subsidize the wages of TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) recipients, through programs like YCC.

08/24/2015

Governor Bruce Rauner waits for the arrival of  President Barack Obama at the Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy on February 19, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. Obama used the event to designate Chicago's historic Pullman district a national monument. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

State Employee Union Presses Measure To Prevent Strike, Lockout

Union-friendly Illinois Democrats say Gov. Bruce Rauner has so poisoned contract negotiations with state workers that they pushed legislation Thursday that would prohibit either a strike or the Republican governor locking workers out.

05/29/2015

Illinois State Capitol

Republicans Take Turn In Battle Over Budget, Reform

Proposals addressing workers compensation, changes to the civil legal system and a freeze on property taxes are on the agenda Wednesday in Senate committees.

05/27/2015

Illinois State Capitol

Lawmakers Weighing Additional Protections For Campus Rape Victims

Victims of campus sex assaults in Illinois would have confidential university advisers to help guide them through the legal and medical systems under a legislative proposal that has passed the state House.

04/27/2015

The bane of Chicago motorists: red-light cameras. (CBS)

Ban On Red Light Cameras In Smaller Towns Passes Illinois House

If passed, the legislation would take away the authority of non-home-rule municipalities to use red light cameras after Jan. 1, 2017.

04/22/2015

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Speaker Madigan Wants To Increase Funding For Crime Labs

The Chicago Democrat introduced legislation to provide an additional $6 million for forensics laboratories in the budget year that begins July 1.

04/03/2015

Illinois House Of Representatives

Mom Of Fondling Victim Seeks Change In Sex Offender Law

Proposed legislation to close a loophole in the state’s sex offender laws serves as testament to the persistence of a Plainfield woman who would not take no for an answer.

03/05/2015

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Illinois Lawmakers To Propose Measure To Battle Heroin Abuse

Two Illinois lawmakers plan to propose bipartisan legislation Monday to combat growing heroin and prescription drug abuse, though they acknowledge it may be tough to pass in a difficult budget year.

03/02/2015

The Exelon Byron Nuclear Generating Stations in Byron, Illinois. (Photo credit: JEFF HAYNES/AFP/Getty Images)

Watchdog Group Raises ‘Serious Concerns’ About Plan To Help ComEd

Illinois lawmakers have introduced legislation that would allow ComEd to charge customers about $2 more per month to cover the costs of its nuclear power plants, drawing criticism from a utility watchdog group that says ComEd’s parent company already makes plenty of profit.

02/27/2015

A small drone hovers in the sky, (Credit: Robert MacPherson/AFP/Getty Images)

Lawmaker Proposes Ban On Drone Use In Hunting And Fishing

The use of drones for hunting has sparked debate across the country, as animal rights groups believe it is cruel, and many serious hunters believe it makes the sport too easy.

01/15/2015

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Preckwinkle Wants To Stop Automatically Sending Juveniles To Adult Court

Illinois judges used to decide whether a young suspect was tried as an adult or a juvenile. Preckwinkle wants to undo a 1982 change in state law which makes transfers for some felony charges automatic – for example, in cases of rape or murder.

12/12/2014

A Lyft car sits at a stoplight. As ridesharing services like Lyft, Uber and SideCar become more popular, the taxi industry is pushing for tougher regulation of their new competition. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Lawmaker Outlines Ideas For New Ridesharing Rules

A Democratic state lawmaker says background checks for drivers and wheelchair accessibility for passengers are among the provisions he wants included in new legislation calling for regulations of the ridesharing industry.

11/20/2014

Gov. Pat Quinn declared a statewide disaster area on Monday, due to the extreme cold, and heavy snow still clogging many roadways. (Credit: CBS)

Quinn Still Won’t Spell Out His Plans For City Pension Reform Legislation

A plan to overhaul some of Chicago’s underfunded employee pension systems could spell a long weekend for Gov. Pat Quinn, who has until Monday to decide what to do with the legislation on his desk.

06/06/2014

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Psychologists Seek Authority To Prescribe Drugs In Illinois

The Illinois General Assembly could soon vote on a measure that would allow psychologists — who are not medical doctors — to prescribe medicines much the same as psychiatrists who have medical degrees.

05/21/2014

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Illinois School Funding Data Fuel Reform Debate

Newly released figures that show downstate school districts gaining at the expense of suburban ones have fueled a debate among lawmakers about a proposed overhaul of the complicated school funding formula that Illinois has used for almost two decades.

05/08/2014

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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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