Rep. Jack Franks

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum (John Muchow/www.presidentlincoln.org)

Lawmakers Debate Overhaul Of Lincoln Library & Museum

State lawmakers on Wednesday discussed the future of the Abraham Presidential Library and Museum, amid a proposal by House Speaker Michael Madigan to split it off from the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency.

10/01/2014

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Lawmaker Seeks ‘Wholesale Change’ At Metra After Latest Scandal

A state lawmaker thinks the Metra chairman’s violation of a ban on outside government pay should be the last straw for the entire Metra board.

WBBM Newsradio–07/30/2013

Gov. Pat Quinn (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Quinn Bars Benefits To Ex-Transit Board Members

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation that prevents transit board members from receiving taxpayer-funded health care and pension benefits after they leave the boards.

07/23/2013

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan

Madigan Asked Metra To Give Pay Raise To Associate

Powerful Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan said Thursday he asked senior staff at Metra to consider a pay raise for an associate who was employed at the commuter rail agency, but withdrew the recommendation after Metra’s then-CEO expressed discomfort over it.

07/12/2013

UP West Metra Train

Legislators To Hold Hearing On Metra’s Severance Deal For Ex-CEO

All 11 Metra Board members — as well as former Metra CEO Alex Clifford — are being asked to appear July 11 before a legislative committee delving into a hefty severance package that could reap Clifford nearly $750,000 over more than two years, lawmakers said Wednesday.

07/04/2013

An Illinois Voter Casts Her Ballot. (Michal Czerwonka/Getty Images)

Lawmaker Wants To Stop Using Schools As Polling Places

A state lawmaker wants Illinois to stop using schools as polling places on Election Day, but the idea doesn’t sit well with local election authorities.

03/05/2013

Illinois State Capitol

Lawmakers Pass Bill Demanding Open Books On Corporate Tax Breaks

Before adjourning the spring session and leaving Springfield last week, Illinois lawmakers sent Gov. Quinn a bill that would require the state to reveal the details publicly on corporate tax breaks.

CBS Chicago–06/05/2012

Rep. Derrick Smith (D-Chicago), who has been indicted on charges of accepting a $7,000 bribe, sits in his seat on the Illinois House floor on April 17, 2012, his first time attending session in Springfield since his arrest. (Credit: Dave McKinney, Chicago Sun-Times)

Indicted Rep. Smith Visits Capitol For First Time Since Arrest

On a day when Pro Football Hall of Famer Richard Dent was honored in the Illinois House, it seems the only person reporters wanted to talk to was indicted Illinois State Rep. Derrick Smith (D-Chicago).

CBS Chicago–04/17/2012

Caylee Anthony

‘Caylee’s Law’ Would Criminalize Failing To Report A Missing Child

The Illinois House of Representatives has passed a bill that criminalizes failing to report a missing child, in the wake of the fallout from the Caylee Anthony tragedy.

CBS Chicago–03/08/2012

(Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)

New Law Requires Photo ID To Buy Some Drain Cleaners

A new state law requires those who buy industrial drain cleaners and other caustic substances to provide photo identification and sign a log.

WBBM Newsradio–01/05/2012

Property Taxes

State Rep. Wants To Stop Property Tax Hikes When Home Values Drop

An Illinois House member says it’s not fair that property taxes go up when home values are plummeting.

CBS Chicago–11/04/2011

Rod Blagojevich

State Lawmaker Wants To Keep Blagojevich From Collecting Pension

On Dec. 10, deposed Gov. Blagojevich will turn 55, and that means he can start collecting his state pension.

CBS Chicago–10/26/2011

Cuban Flag

State Rep. Franks: Time To End Embargo Against Cuba

Illinois State Rep. Jack Franks (D-Woodstock) believes easing of trade restrictions with Cuba could pump hundreds of millions of dollars into the state’s economy.

WBBM Newsradio–09/16/2011

Cuban Flag

State Lawmakers Head To Cuba To Plan For Post-Embargo Trade

Two Illinois lawmakers are heading for Cuba, in an effort to ensure Illinois is first in line when trade resumes with the island nation, which has been under a trade embargo since 1962.

WBBM Newsradio–09/02/2011

One of the take-home cars that 20 top administrators at Metra have access to 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, costing the agency about $500,000 a year. (Credit: CBS)

Some Metra Administrators, Staff Get Free Take-Home Cars

Metra is asking riders to dig deeper in their pockets. Fares could go up as much as 20 percent next year. There’s also talk of service cuts, but there’s no talk of eliminating a major perk for some of the agency’s administrators and staff – free take-home cars.

09/01/2011

Illinois State Capitol

Make Back-To-School Sales Tax Holiday Permanent?

The holiday for the Illinois sales tax during back-to-school time in the late summer would be an annual event, under a bill that has been introduced in the state House.

WBBM Newsradio–01/28/2011