Rep. Jim Durkin

Amendment Protecting Ill. Voters To Go On BallotIllinois voters will consider a constitutional amendment this fall aimed at scuttling attempts at voter suppression after Senate action Thursday.
Durkin Supports Tougher Gun Penalties, But Warns Of CostThe new leader of Illinois House Republicans said Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s push for tougher penalties for gun crimes could be a good thing, but also expensive.
Durkin Officially Takes Over As Illinois House GOP LeaderHis predecessor, state Rep. Tom Cross of Oswego, stepped down to run for state treasurer. Cross held the position for a decade.
Rep. Durkin New Leader Of Illinois House RepublicansThe Western Springs lawmaker was elected Thursday afternoon in Springfield. Rep. Jim Durkin's challenger had been state Rep. Raymond Poe of Springfield.
House Panel Recommends Expelling Rep. SmithA special Illinois House committee has recommended that State Rep. Derrick Smith be expelled from the House, over allegations he took a $7,000 bribe.
Panel Asks Feds For More Details On Bribery Case Against Rep. SmithAn Illinois House panel is asking federal prosecutors for more information about the bribery charges against State Rep. Derrick Smith (D-Chicago).
State House Votes To Ban Shark Fins, Lawmaker Wonders WhyEnvironmentalists are applauding, and at least one state representative is scratching his head, after the Illinois House voted to ban the possession of shark fins.
Lawmakers Work To Fix State-Run College Investment ProgramA state-run college investment program is losing money, and has in the past been blasted for risky investments.