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Senate President John Cullerton

File Photo Of A Handgun (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

House Passes Concealed Carry Plan Opposed By Senate Leader

Gun owners could carry concealed weapons in Illinois, the last state in the nation to prohibit it, under legislation that swept through the House Friday with the backing of the powerful Democratic speaker from Chicago, a city torn by violence despite what critics claim are the nation’s toughest firearms restrictions.

05/24/2013

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Concealed Carry Bill Moves To House Floor, But Senate Objects

A concealed-carry gun deal brokered by House Speaker Michael Madigan cleared a House committee Thursday, but its prospects were unclear across the Capitol in the Senate because of the way it would curb existing local gun laws.

05/23/2013

Illinois State Capitol

Illinois Senate Passes Union-Backed Pension Plan

The Illinois Senate voted Thursday to send a union-supported pension reform bill to the House, leaving lawmakers with two competing proposals for dealing with the nation’s worst state pension crisis just weeks before the Legislature is scheduled to adjourn.

05/09/2013

Illinois House Of Representatives

Cullerton Touts Pension Deal With Unions As House Committee OKs Madigan Plan

Labor leaders threatened a lawsuit Wednesday over House Speaker Michael Madigan’s pension-reform proposal to lower the retirement benefits of public employees in Illinois, but a committee advanced the plan anyway.

05/01/2013

Gamblers play the slots. (CBS)

Senate Working To Improve Odds For Gambling Expansion

Sen. President John Cullerton, D-Chicago, plans to strip language that would legalize Internet gambling from the bill, after it had become clear that the governor and some legislators who supported previous gambling bills had concerns that could derail passage of the larger package.

04/25/2013

Photo Of Marijuana Plants. (AP Photo)

Illinois House OKs Medical Marijuana Legislation

The Illinois House Wednesday approved a measure to allow physicians to prescribe marijuana to patients with specific terminal illnesses or debilitating medical conditions.

04/17/2013

Illinois House Floor

Illinois Pension Cap Survives House Test Vote

A day after Gov. Pat Quinn upbraided lawmakers for inaction on the state’s multibillion-dollar pension mess, House members found a proposal they could get behind, backing a measure to limit the salary on which a public employee’s retirement benefits could be based.

03/08/2013

Gov. Pat Quinn presents his annual budget address to the Illinois General Assembly on March 6, 2013, in Springfield. (Credit: CBS)

Quinn: ‘Most Difficult Budget Ever’ Due To Pension Mess

Governor Quinn says he found this his toughest budget to deliver to Illinois lawmakers, and it’s getting criticism from both sides of the aisle, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

03/06/2013

Supporters of same-sex marriage rally outside the Thompson Center in downtown Chicago on Jan. 5, 2013. (Credit: CBS)

Gay Marriage Legislation Advances In State Senate

An Illinois Senate committee has approved legalizing gay marriage for the second time in a month.

02/05/2013

Chicago police show off firearms seized in the Calumet District on the Far South Side, where officers have seized more guns than any other police district in the city. (Credit: CBS)

Police Stand By Crime Strategies After Bloody Weekend

Eight people were slain in various shootings in Chicago over the weekend, but Chicago police maintain their crime-fighting strategies are working.

01/28/2013

Illinois State Capitol

Cullerton Hopes Latest Hit To State’s Credit Rating Prompts Pension Reform Vote

Illinois Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago) said Monday that the state is only hurting itself by failing to take action to resolve its ballooning pension debt and declining credit rating.

01/28/2013

Same Sex Marriage

Illinois Senate Panel OKs Same-Sex Marriage Legislation

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.

01/03/2013

An Illinois Voter Casts Her Ballot. (Michal Czerwonka/Getty Images)

Senate Dems Fear Possible Voter Suppression On Election Day

Illinois Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago) and other Democrats were sounding the alarm Thursday about what they said might be potential voter suppression in this state.

WBBM Newsradio–11/01/2012

City Hall

Emanuel Vows Full-Court Press On Pension Reform

Faced with an employee pension crisis that could become his biggest challenge, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Thursday he is putting his full force behind getting lawmakers in Springfield to achieve an overhaul of the state’s pension systems.

10/11/2012

James R. Thompson Center

Governor, Legislative Leaders Still Divided On Pension Reform

Gov. Pat Quinn and the state’s four legislative leaders remained split on how to fix the state’s severely underfunded public pension systems, though the governor did signal a shift in philosophy regarding teacher pensions.

CBS Chicago–06/06/2012

Illinois State Capitol

Madigan Drops Effort To Shift Teacher Pension Costs To Local Districts

Prospects for pension reform in Illinois improved measurably late Wednesday night, when House Speaker Mike Madigan dropped his proposal to make public schools and state universities pay retirement costs for their employees, rather than the state.

05/30/2012

Gov. Pat Quinn (Credit: CBS)

Quinn Wants Lawmakers To Abolish Legislative Scholarship Program

The governor says he’ll accept nothing less than abolition of the state’s General Assembly scholarship program this year.

CBS Chicago–03/29/2012

Illinois State Capitol

Conservative Group Presents Alternative State Budget Plan

A conservative think tank has proposed an alternative state budget that would cut wages for state employees by 10 percent; require retired workers to pay for their own health care premiums; and force local school districts to fund teacher pensions, instead of the state.

CBS Chicago–03/08/2012

Photo Of Gamblers Playing The Slots. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Future Dim For Alternative Illinois Gambling Proposal

A different gambling proposal that encompasses many of Gov. Pat Quinn’s ideas is making its way through the Illinois General Assembly, but its future is dim.

CBS Chicago–10/27/2011

Chicago Mercantile Exchange

‘Occupy Chicago’ Group Protests Tax Breaks For CME, CBOE

About “Occupy Chicago” 100 protesters marched on the offices of Mayor Rahm Emanuel and legislative leaders downtown Tuesday.

CBS Chicago–10/25/2011

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