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Senate Bill Aims To Legalize Small Amounts Of Pot

Illinois residents could possess or grow a small amount of marijuana without fear of criminal charges, if a bill in the state Senate becomes law.


Radogno Keeps Senate Leadership Spot In Springfield

State Sen. Christine Radogno is keeping her spot as the Illinois Senate’s GOP leader for at least two more years.


Jim Oberweis

He’s The ‘Milk Dud’ No More: Oberweis Wins State Senate Seat

After five failed campaigns, Jim Oberweis has finally won elective office.


Illinois State Rep. Randy Ramey (R-Carol Stream) [Photo Credit: Illinois General Assembly]

DuPage GOP Chairman Accuses Foe Of Threat After DUI Arrest

The chairman of the Republican Party in DuPage County says his political opponent threatened to expose an embarrassing videotape unless he quit a primary election race.


State Sen. Suzi Schmidt

Sen. Suzi Schmidt Won’t Be Running Again After All

A state lawmaker at the center of controversial 911 calls from her home has decided not to run for re-election, reversing an earlier statement.

CBS Chicago–10/31/2011

Illinois State Capitol

State Senate Approves Major Cuts From Quinn’s Budget

The Illinois State Senate has approved a budget that would spend more than $2 billion less than Gov. Pat Quinn proposed, but Republicans say that’s not enough.

CBS Chicago–05/31/2011

Film Reel

State Senator: Extend Tax Breaks For Film Industry

Some Illinois lawmakers want to make sure the film industry keeps coming back to Illinois, for the next decade, at least.

WBBM Newsradio–04/05/2011


Indiana GOP Wants Absent Dems Punished

Indiana Republicans are looking at some changes in state law to deal with democrats who have been hiding out in Illinois for about a month to deny the state House of Representatives a quorum.

CBS Chicago–03/17/2011

Scott Lee Cohen (Photo From

Cohen Seeks Appointment To State Senate Seat

Scott Lee Cohen can’t get the political bug out of his system.

CBS Chicago–03/11/2011

Wisconsin Protesters

Wisconsin Dems Furious Over Vote In Their Absence

The proposal to strip collective bargaining rights from state employees may have passed the Wisconsin senate, but the battle is far from over.

CBS Chicago–03/10/2011

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Confirm State Police Director Who Was Never Cop?

Not everybody likes the idea of a state police director who’s never been a cop, and there is still no official action on the man who remains “acting director.”

CBS Chicago–02/11/2011

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Huge Income Tax Hike A Step Closer

Gov. Pat Quinn and both houses of the Illinois General Assembly have agreed on raising the state income tax.

CBS Chicago–01/07/2011

James Meeks

Meeks Defends ‘No’ Vote On Civil Unions Law

State senator and Chicago mayoral candidate James Meeks is defending his vote against Illinois’ civil unions bill.