Indiana Toughens School Bus Laws; Illinois Could Follow SuitDrivers in Indiana will face tougher penalties under a new school bus law going into effect soon. 
Illinois State Lawmakers Still Have Five Big Issues To SettleLawmakers enter final week with most of the big work uncompleted.
Food Stamps Could Be Redeemed At Restaurants If Illinois Bill PassesFood stamps could be redeemed at restaurants if a measure proposed by the Illinois House becomes law. 
Illinois Mothers Could Spend Less Time In Custody Under ProposalA proposed law that would let judges factor in a defendant's parenting responsibilities during sentencing is making its way through the Illinois legislature. 
Illinois Drivers Could Face Double Fines For Passing A Stopped School BusFines for Illinois drivers caught passing a stopped school bus would double under a new proposed law making its way through the legislature.
Illinois Approves Ban On 'Right-To-Work Laws'With the support of labor unions, a new bill prohibiting municipalities in the state from enacting "right-to-work laws" was signed into law by Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker last week. 
State Patronage Jobs Reduced By Rauner AdministrationA special counsel to former Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner says his administration reclassified thousands of state jobs that were once exempt from anti-patronage protections.
Rauner Vetoes Bill To Raise Teacher SalariesIllinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has a vetoed bill that would have given public school teachers an annual minimum salary of $40,000 over the next five years.
Illinois Lawmakers Head Into Final Stretch With Many Issues UnresolvedIllinois lawmakers moved forward Monday on a historic expansion of Medicaid and adding more protections for pet owners, but heavy lifting on the state's most pressing issues -- pensions, a budget, expanded gambling, gay marriage and gun control -- remained with the clock ticking toward a Friday deadline.
Illinois Senate Advance 'Puppy Lemon Law'Consumers who buy a new dog or cat only to find out it has a serious disease or ailment would have a new form of recourse under an Illinois Senate proposal.
Battle Over Concealed Carry Legislation Continues In SpringfieldGov. Quinn is sticking to his position in the legislative standoff over a measure that would allow people to legally carry concealed weapons in Illinois.