Sen. Heather Steans
Illinois schools that teach sex education will be required to provide information about birth control and sexually transmitted diseases — not just abstinence.
State lawmakers have passed legislation that would mandate schools that teach sex education in Illinois also would have to give students information about birth control.
The Illinois Senate has voted to approve legislation legalizing same-sex marriages in Illinois.
An Illinois Senate committee has approved legalizing gay marriage for the second time in a month.
After 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.
Two Illinois lawmakers said Thursday they will seek legislative approval of gay marriage when the General Assembly reconvenes in three weeks, answering Gov. Pat Quinn’s hope that he could sign same-sex marital rights into law as early as January.
Lawmakers failed to pass an enhanced anti-bullying law due to some members’ religious concerns.
It’s unlikely to be the final budget, but the Senate Democratic budget proposal is moving through the legislature.
Medicaid reform is on a fast track at the state Capitol, where it won a unanimous vote in the Senate today.