Illinois State Budget Includes $788,500 For Violence Prevention In Chicago Neighborhoods -- What Do Lawmakers Hope To Accomplish?A chunk of money in the Illinois state budget, currently on Gov. JB Pritzker’s desk, is marked for violence prevention in Chicago neighborhoods dealing with rising crime.
State Budget That Depends On Federal Help, Other Pieces Of Legislation Now Await Gov. Pritzker's SignatureIllinois state lawmakers were back home in their districts for the holiday Monday, after a whirlwind of a special session in Springfield. Two of the winners after votes were cast were the City of Chicago and state restaurant and bar owners.
Gov. Pritzker Pushes For $147 Million In New Funds For DCFS, An Agency Plagued By TroublesA big infusion of cash appears headed to one of the biggest trouble spots in state government.
Lawmakers' School Shootings Task Force Has First MeetingState lawmakers have begun a new effort to figure out strategies for heading off school shootings, like the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook in Connecticut, when a gunman killed 20 students and 6 staff.
Lawmakers Propose Giving Terminally Ill "Right To Try" Experimental DrugsA conservative Republican lawmaker from Wheaton has teamed up with a liberal Democrat from Chicago in an effort to make Illinois a “right to try” state.
Governor Quinn Signs Same-Sex Marriage LawIllinois will soon become the 16th state to allow same-sex couples to marry, as Gov. Pat Quinn is scheduled to sign gay marriage legislation at a public ceremony at the University of Illinois at Chicago on Wednesday afternoon.
Illinois House, Senate Pass Same-Sex Marriage BillA historic vote Tuesday in the Illinois House positioned that state to become the largest in the heartland to legalize gay marriage, following months of arduous lobbying efforts by both sides in President Barack Obama's home state.
African-American Religious Leaders Ramp Up Campaign Against Marriage EqualityWith same-sex marriage appearing closer to reality in Illinois, African-American religious leaders are ramping up their campaign to defeat the measure in Springfield, reports WBBM's Mike Krauser.
Same-Sex Marriage Supporters, Opponents To Rally In SpringfieldProposed legislation to legalize same-sex marriages in Illinois passed the state Senate in February, but has stalled in the House.
Parents Say School Cuts Have Them Considering Move To SuburbsA group of parents and several local elected officials teamed up Tuesday to call for an end to severe budget cuts at the Chicago Public Schools.
Despite Pressure, Harris Not Bowing Out As Sponsor Of Same-Sex Marriage BillThe state lawmaker who has served as chief sponsor of proposed same-sex marriage legislation said Sunday he has no intention of stepping aside as sponsor, despite pressure from prominent voices in the gay community over his decision not to call the issue to a vote last week.
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."
Lawmaker Pushing For More Oversight Of Health Care For Prison InmatesAn Illinois House committee has held a hearing aimed on a proposal to providing more oversight for the private company that maintains health care in the Illinois prison system.
Same-Sex Marriage Legislation Moves Forward In Illinois HouseAn Illinois House committee narrowly endorsed legislation to legalize gay marriage Tuesday, setting up a showdown on the House floor that could come in a matter of weeks.
Same-Sex Marriage Sponsor Predicts 'Fast Track' For ApprovalThe House sponsor of legislation to legalize same-sex marriage in Illinois said the measure could get a vote “very soon,” after the new General Assembly was sworn in this week.