OK To Smoke, Not To Grow? States Wrestle With Homegrown PotA provision that would allow for the growing of five plants per residence for recreational use seemed likely to be jettisoned because of push-back from the police, who argue that allowing homegrown pot would fuel illicit drug sales.
Groups Urge Illinois Lawmakers Not To Legalize Recreational MarijuanaSeveral advocacy groups are urging Illinois lawmakers not to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, arguing it would, among other things, make roads more hazardous.
Paychecks Could Be On The Horizon For State Workers Waiting 7 YearsThe Illinois House has approved a measure to provide back pay to thousands of state workers who've been waiting for it since 2011.
Lawmakers, Rauner Trying To Negotiate Fix For Budget GapsA day after outlining an ambitious agenda for his first year in office, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner Thursday was confronted with a state budget that is millions of dollars short for programs such as subsidized day care that are rapidly running out of money.
Lawmakers Debate Illinois' School Funding FormulaParents and teachers frustrated with Illinois' school funding formula rallied for action Tuesday at the state Capitol, as House lawmakers opened talks on a bill that aims to even out disparities between districts by pumping more state dollars into poorer ones and giving less to the wealthiest.
Mayoral Task Force Recommends $13-An-Hour Minimum Wage By 2018The panel recommended raising the current $8.25 per hour minimum wage in Chicago by $1.25 a year for each of the next three years, followed by a $1 increase in 2018, for a total of $13 an hour in four years.
Lawmakers Fear Blame For Chicago Pension Tax HikeA fast-tracked plan to overhaul two Chicago city-pension programs slowed in the Illinois House Thursday, as nervous lawmakers said they fear backlash for a massive property-tax increase even if they don't directly approve it.
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.
State Lawmakers Move Forward With $53B Budget PlanThe Democrat-controlled Legislature began piecing together a new state budget Tuesday that avoids the steep cuts of recent years and also gave final approval to a historic expansion of Medicaid, as Republicans accused their colleagues across the aisle of having "an insatiable appetite to spend money we don't have."
Religious Opponents Continue Campaign Against Same-Sex MarriageAbout 200 ministers and others gathered in the south suburbs on Tuesday, day calling on the Illinois House to say "no" to legislation to legalize same-sex marriages.
IDOT Secretary Urges Lawmakers To Reject 70 MPH Highway Speed LimitThe state's top transportation official would like to slow momentum for a move to increase the top speed limit in Illinois.
House Passes Pared-Down Pension Reform PlanIllinois lawmakers from both parties celebrated a possible breakthrough Thursday in their struggle to solve the multibillion-dollar pension crisis after voting to reduce and delay cost-of-living increases in state employees' retirement pay — a step the House Republican leader heralded as "the meat and potatoes of pension reform."
Illinois Pension Cap Survives House Test VoteA 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.
Watchdog Predicts $22B In Unpaid Bills For State Gov't By 2018The long list of people the state owes money to could nearly triple in five years, if lawmakers don't get costs under control, according to a local budget watchdog group.
Lawmakers Discuss Gun Control At Hearing In ChicagoThe meeting comes on the heels of a legal victory for gun rights supporters who want the state to lift its ban on concealed carry of handguns.