Tempers Flare As Democrats Continue To Reject Rauner's AgendaOn Wednesday, an Illinois Senate committee voted down the governor’s proposed changes to workers’ compensation laws, and on Thursday the Judiciary Committee debated Rauner’s plan to overhaul the state’s civil court system – specifically, lawsuits seeking financial damages.
Police Reform Bills Spurred By Recent Deaths, Racial UnrestRecent police-caused deaths in Ferguson, Missouri, and New York City and an ongoing concern about racial sensitivity is behind a set of police reform bills sponsored by Illinois Democrats, who say measured steps are needed to address the underlying issues.
Governor Signs Law To Help Stop Public Pensions For FelonsGov. Pat Quinn signed legislation Monday giving Illinois' attorney general more power to stop pension payments to convicted felons.
Remembering Judy Baar Topinka: "Judy Had No Rival"The people who knew the late Judy Baar Topinka best were gathering Wednesday to share stories and celebrate her life, a week after the longtime Illinois politician died of complications from a stroke.
Former Quinn Aide Denies NRI Program Launched To Influence ElectionDemocrats and Republicans on a state panel looking into the governor’s scandal-plagued 2010 anti-violence program were accusing each other of playing politics on Thursday as former Quinn administration aides testified in Chicago.
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.
Illinois Lawmakers OK Pension Reform PlanThe Illinois Legislature approved a historic plan Tuesday to eliminate the state's $100 billion pension shortfall, a vote that proponents described as critical to repairing the state's deeply troubled finances but that faces the immediate threat of a legal challenge from labor unions.
Pension Committee Won't Meet Governor's Reform DeadlineThe Governor is holding fast to next Tuesday's deadline for a pension reform bill; the lawmakers are saying there's no way they can do it.
Ill. Senate Panel Advances Stricter Gun-Carry Bill Majority Democrats on the committee drove the 10-6 vote in favor of the bill by Sen. Kwame Raoul Raoul said he doesn't know how many votes he has on the floor or when he'll call it.
Illinois Senate Concealed Carry Proposal To Get OverhaulIllinois Senate legislation touted as a compromise between Chicagoans weary of street violence and gun owners eager to legally carry concealed weapons elsewhere appears more restrictive than promised, according to a copy obtained by The Associated Press. It will be redrafted before it's even filed, a spokeswoman said Monday.
University Of Chicago Cuts Ribbon On New HospitalGov. Pat Quinn helped cut the ribbon for the university’s new $700 million hospital, called the Center for Care and Discovery.
State Senator: Ministers' Vow Of Backlash For Gay Marriage Vote An 'Empty Threat'A coalition of West Side ministers was urging state lawmakers to reject legislation that would legalize same-sex marriage in Illinois, but at least one lawmaker said the ministers' threat of political backlash against lawmakers who vote for gay marriage was nothing but an "empty threat."