Time Ticks Away In Springfield As Legislative Session Wraps UpWith Friday being the last day of the spring session, Illinois lawmakers have a lot on their plate. At issue for house members are the budget, abortion rights, expanded gambling and the legalization of recreational marijuana.
Illinois Lawmakers Approve Plan To Allow Some Food Stamp Recipients To Use Benefits At RestaurantsFood stamp recipients who are elderly, disabled, or homeless would be allowed to use their benefits at participating restaurants.
Illinois House Approves Plan To Upgrade Chicago Area Expressway CamerasThe state has more than 600 cameras that currently live-stream video of traffic conditions on the expressways, but they can’t record footage.
State Lawmakers Push Measure To Upgrade Expressway Cameras So They Can Record FootageWith 14 shootings on Chicago are expressways already this year, some state lawmakers have proposed legislation to give Illinois State Police a crucial tool in solving violent crime.
Pritzker Signs Law Raising Illinois Minimum Wage To $15 An Hour By 2025The minimum wage in Illinois will gradually rise to $15 an hour by 2025, after Gov. JB Pritzker signed legislation that lays out regular wage increases starting next year.
Illinois House Committee To Debate $15 Minimum Wage PlanAn Illinois House committee will hold a hearing on Wednesday to discuss legislation that would gradually increase the state's minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022.
Veto Override Votes On Key Issues Remain For LawmakersThe House has yet to take action on an override approved by the Senate on legislation setting a deadline for police to help cooperative immigrant crime victims get U.S. visas.
Lightning-Rod Inspector General Post To Be Filled Next MonthDemocrats controlling the General Assembly were embarrassed last year when reaction to the #MeToo anti-sexual harassment movement revealed the vacancy and unanswered complaints.
Illinois Political Parties Embrace Anti-Abuse Panel's ReportLeaders of the state's major political parties are embracing a report's recommendations to end sexual harassment in Illinois government.
Report: Elect Women, Change Campaign Culture To End AbuseIllinois' political parties can make a leap toward eliminating sexual harassment and bolstering gender equity by electing women to half of all political offices in the state, according to a report released Wednesday by a panel of women in state government.
State Lawmakers To Grill CPS Officials Over Sex Abuse ScandalState lawmakers are demanding answers in the Chicago Public Schools sex abuse scandal, and have scheduled a public hearing on Wednesday to grill school officials.
Governor Rauner Signs Full State Budget For First Time In OfficeThe plan includes none of the pro-business items Rauner pushed for years and that led to a clash with majority Democrats and a years-long state budget impasse.
Rauner Seeks To Reinstate Death Penalty For Mass Murderers, Cop KillersIn a bombshell announcement Monday morning, Gov. Bruce Rauner proposed bringing back the death penalty in Illinois for mass murderers and cop killers.
Mayors Join Forces To Oppose Illinois Cuts To Local FundingThe coalition of mayors and municipal groups launched a website and social media platform called ProtectMyTown.
Dealer Licensing Bill Faces Override Deadline On Gun Owner Lobby DayDemocratic Sen. Don Harmon of Oak Park ditched a Tuesday night vote and suggested he first wanted to ensure there were enough House votes to override too.