Downstate Lawmaker: Politics, Economy Have Meant More FOID CardsAn Illinois lawmaker says state politics and the economy have helped increase the number of FOID card registrations over the past year.
Quinn Defends Plan To De-Institutionalize Mentally Ill, DisabledGov. Pat Quinn is defending his administration’s plan to move people out of state institutions for the mentally and physically disabled and into community care settings.
Attendance At State Historic Sites Down Last YearFewer people attended Illinois’ historic sites in 2011 than in 2010, but the numbers are beginning to level out, and that’s encouraging to the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency.
Illinois Supreme Court Weighing Cook County Assault Weapon BanThe Illinois Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday on an attempt to overturn Cook County’s ban on so-called assault weapons.
BGA Calls For Abolition Of Legislative Scholarship ProgramThe Better Government Association doesn’t trust lawmakers to reform the state’s legislative scholarship program, so it is calling for the abolition of the program.
Online Lottery Sales Could Hurt Convenience StoresIllinois convenience stores are bracing for a financial hit as sales of Illinois lottery tickets are set to go online later this year.
Legislative Maneuver Making Pension Funds Appear Deficient legislative maneuver made nearly three years ago is causing some state employee pension funds to appear less funded than they really are.
State Lawmakers Renew Call To End Legislative Scholarship ProgramWith the start of a new calendar year comes a familiar call from dozens of state lawmakers – abolish the legislative scholarship program.
Cullerton Calls For Debt Restructuring For State's Unpaid BillsState revenues have increased this fiscal year, but there are still billions of dollars in backlogged bills to contend with.
Caliendo: Romney Has A Lot Of Work To Do After IowaPolitical analyst Stephen Caliendo says Mitt Romney has a lot of work to do after winning the Iowa Caucus by just eight points, and Rick Santorum can expect to have “a target on his back.”
Cullerton Hopes To Tackle State's Pension LiabilitiesIllinois Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago) wants to tackle the state’s largest financial burden – unfunded pension liabilities – during the upcoming spring legislative session.
Medical Co-Pays More Than Double For Illinois Prison InmatesInmates in the Illinois Department of Corrections system are contributing more to help pay down the state’s backlog of bills.
New State Law Allows Trucks To Go Same Speed As Cars EverywhereAs of Jan. 1, large trucks will be allowed to go the same speed as all other vehicles in all parts of the state – not just some parts.
Expiring Ethanol Tax Credit Could Mean Higher Gas PricesAn expiring ethanol tax credit could lead to higher gas prices come 2012.
Crews Find Several 'Artifacts' During Capitol RenovationsThe Illinois State Capitol architect says dozens of artifacts have been discovered as crews continue tearing down walls in the building’s west wing during renovations at the statehouse.