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Sen. Dan Kotowski

Illinois House Of Representatives

Lawmakers To Try Again After Budget Fails In House

House 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.”

05/23/2014

Illinois House Of Representatives

Madigan: Budget Vote Helps With Tax Increase

House 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.

05/15/2014

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State Sen. Wants Concealed Guns Banned In Churches

State 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.

07/15/2013

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Illinois’ Writing Test Back, But Without Funding

After a two-year reprieve, Illinois high school juniors will be tested on their writing skills again next spring during state standardized tests.

07/04/2013

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Illinois Senate Passes ‘Puppy Lemon’ Legislation

If 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.

05/02/2013

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Governor OKs More Money For Road Projects, DCFS

Illinois 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.

02/08/2013

A customer purchases an AK-47 style rifle for about $1200 at Freddie Bear Sports sporting goods store on December 17, 2012 in Tinley Park, Illinois (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Ill. Senate Committee OKs Bans On Assault Weapons, High-Capacity Clips

An Illinois Senate committee, in a party-line vote, has approved restrictions on semiautomatic assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips.

01/02/2013

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

Illinois Senate Chambers

Some State Lawmakers Argue Against Unpaid Furlough Days

Illinois lawmakers believe in shared sacrifice in these difficult financial times – most of them, anyway.

CBS Chicago–06/23/2011

Illinois General Assembly

State Lawmakers Return To Finalize Capital Budget

Illinois lawmakers return to Springfield today to approve funding for the state’s capital construction program.

CBS Chicago–06/22/2011