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.
Group Gets 532,000 Signatures To End Gerrymandered DistrictsWith the help of wealthy donors and a bipartisan group of politicians, a petition to end the gerrymandering of Illinois election districts was presented Thursday, but it faces a stiff constitutional challenge that could keep the question off the November ballot.
Move To Ban Microbeads Moves Forward Amid Phase-Out AgreementsEnvironmentalists, lawmakers and representatives of the cosmetics industry met at the Shedd Aquarium on Wednesday day to talk about an agreement to stop the use of “microbeads” in personal care products in Illinois.
Sex Ed Law May Mean Little Change For Most SchoolsIllinois schools that teach sex education will be required to provide information about birth control and sexually transmitted diseases -- not just abstinence.
Lawmakers Approve Required Birth Control Lessons In Sex Ed ClassesState lawmakers have passed legislation that would mandate schools that teach sex education in Illinois also would have to give students information about birth control.
Illinois Senate OKs Same-Sex Marriage ProposalThe Illinois Senate has voted to approve legislation legalizing same-sex marriages in Illinois.
Gay Marriage Legislation Advances In State SenateAn Illinois Senate committee has approved legalizing gay marriage for the second time in a month.
Illinois Senate Panel OKs Same-Sex Marriage LegislationAfter two days of snags in moving the issue, Sen. Heather Steans finally won committee approval by an 8-5 vote Thursday evening, sending the measure next to the floor.

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