Sen. Dan Kotowski

Illinois Senate Rejects Rauner's Veto Of Anti-Heroin BillSenate Democrats bucked Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto Wednesday in instituting a law to fight heroin abuse in Illinois, but ran into predictable Republican derision when they approved spending $3.8 billion to fund a variety of programs from breast cancer screenings to lottery prizes.
Lawmakers To Try Again After Budget Fails In HouseHouse Speaker Michael Madigan said Friday that lawmakers will try again to draft a 2015 budget after the House overwhelmingly rejected a $34.5 billion budget that would have made deep cuts to schools and social services next year in a vote one Republican critic called "all theater."
Madigan: Budget Vote Helps With Tax IncreaseHouse Speaker Michael Madigan said Wednesday that his chamber's effort to pass a budget without first securing all the needed revenue would aid a push to make an income tax hike permanent, but his colleagues in the Senate were not happy with the unusual move.
State Sen. Wants Concealed Guns Banned In ChurchesState Senator Dan Kotowski, a Democrat from Park Ridge and a former gun control lobbyist, wants churches, synagogues, mosques and other houses of prayer exempted from places where eligible gun owners will be allowed to carry concealed weapons.
Illinois' Writing Test Back, But Without FundingAfter a two-year reprieve, Illinois high school juniors will be tested on their writing skills again next spring during state standardized tests.
Illinois Senate Passes 'Puppy Lemon' LegislationIf the state protects consumers who unknowingly buy “lemon” cars, why shouldn’t the same safeguards exist when putting down big money on Fido, Murph or Fluffy at a pet store? State lawmakers took a serious look at that question Wednesday.
Governor OKs More Money For Road Projects, DCFSIllinois road construction projects will get a $675 million boost this spring under a package of short-term spending projects Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law Thursday that Republicans complained was rushed through with little input from taxpayers.
Ill. Senate Committee OKs Bans On Assault Weapons, High-Capacity ClipsAn Illinois Senate committee, in a party-line vote, has approved restrictions on semiautomatic assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips.
Lawmakers Push For Financial Impact Data On All Proposed LegislationIllinois state government might be teetering financially, but our lawmakers continue to spend billions of dollars by passing legislation they sometimes might not even understand.
Some State Lawmakers Argue Against Unpaid Furlough DaysIllinois lawmakers believe in shared sacrifice in these difficult financial times – most of them, anyway.
State Lawmakers Return To Finalize Capital BudgetIllinois lawmakers return to Springfield today to approve funding for the state’s capital construction program.
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