Illinois State Sen. Heather Steans, North Side Democrat, Resigning After 12 Years In OfficeState Sen. Heather Steans (D-Chicago), who was instrumental in the passage of legislation legalizing recreational marijuana and same-sex marriage in Illinois, is resigning from office at the end of the month.
Which States Are Riding The Recreational Marijuana Wave?An analysis commissioned by Illinois lawmakers estimated recreational marijuana sales in the range of $1.6 to $2.5 billion and state revenue in the range of $443 to $676 million each year.
Lawmaker Charging Retaliation Wants Complaint System ChangesChicago Democratic Rep. Kelly Cassidy says the current process for investigating ethics complaints in the Legislature is not independent.
Speaker Madigan Calls For Probe Into Allegations Made By LawmakerHouse Speaker Mike Madigan has asked for an investigation into sexual harassment and retaliation allegations made by a state lawmaker.
Democratic Lawmakers Call For Independent Investigation Into Madigan's OrganizationsState Rep. Kelly Cassidy said she's not satisfied with Madigan investigating harassment complaints within his own organization.
Two State Representatives Boycott Governor's Special SessionTwo state representatives chose to boycott the special legislative session called Wednesday by Governor Rauner, and instead were doing some volunteer work in a Chicago public school.
Some State Lawmakers Said It's Time To Legalize Recreational MarijuanaState lawmakers from Chicago's North Side say it's time to legalize marijuana for recreational use.
Bills To Legalize Marijuana Introduced In General AssemblySeparate pieces of legislation aimed at legalizing recreational marijuana use in Illinois were submitted to the state general assembly Wednesday.
Lawmaker Proposes Law To Help Remove Pokémon Go StopsProposed legislation introduced in Springfield Wednesday would require those who manage Pokémon Go and similar games to remove stops within two days of a request, and to make it easy to do so.
Lawmakers Want State To Stop Suing Former Inmates For ReimbursementTwo state lawmakers have introduced legislation to halt the practice of going after former prison inmates for the cost of their incarceration.
Governor Signs Anti-Bullying LegislationState Rep. Kelly Cassidy (D-Chicago) said the legislation Gov. Pat Quinn signed Thursday would require all public schools to develop and carry out an anti-bullying policy.
Illinois House Shoots Down Ban On Gay Conversion TherapyAn effort to ban the controversial practice of “conversion therapy” to turn gay, lesbian and bisexual youth heterosexual has been defeated in the Illinois House.
Move To Decriminalize Pot Possession Advances In SpringfieldProposed legislation sponsored by state Rep. Kelly Cassidy (D-Chicago) would make possession of an ounce of marijuana a petty offense, punishable only by a fine of no more than $100.
Proposed Ban On 'Conversion Therapy' Advances In SpringfieldThe measure sponsored by Chicago Democratic Rep. Kelly Cassidy prohibits mental health providers from providing so-called conversion therapy -- aimed at changing the sexual orientation of gay young people -- to anyone who is under age 18.
Lawmaker: Rejection Of Anti-Bullying Bill Is 'Disgusting'An Illinois lawmaker called the state’s rejection of an anti-bullying ordinance “disgusting.” The bill was voted down after some conservative lawmakers expressed concern that it might be used to promote acceptance of homosexuality.