Governor, Lawmakers Celebrate Approval Of Budget, Construction Plan, Gambling Expansion, And MoreThe capital construction plan is the state’s first infrastructure investment since 2009.
Recreational Marijuana To Be Legal In IllinoisState representatives voted 66 to 47 in favor of legalization, two days after the senate passed the bill. It goes into effect January 1. But there will still be restrictions.
Pritzker, AFSCME Reach First Contract Agreement In 4 YearsThe American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 31 and the Democratic governor said they reached a deal early Friday.
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.
Ochoa Relatives Push For Marlen's LawThey will be meeting with a state lawmaker next Tuesday to develop Marlen's Law. It would require both ID and DNA testing for hospital patients, especially those admitted after a home birth.
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.
Full Agenda Facing Illinois Lawmakers Before Close Of WeekThe legislative session closes Friday, giving Illinois lawmakers three days to pass legislation to legalize recreational marijuana and change the tax code. 
Bill To Advance Illinois Abortion Rights Moves ForwardHouse Democrats have advanced a measure to replace Illinois' abortion law with less restrictive language that gives people "a fundamental right" to make decisions about their reproductive health.
Illinois House Committee Passes Controversial Reproductive Health Act In SpringfieldAn Illinois House committee is debating the controversial Reproductive Health Act in Springfield, but some lawmakers are unhappy about the short notice.
Illinois State Fair Lowers Admission Sunday To ThursdayThe lower prices are part of an effort to make the fair a more affordable, family-friendly experience. He says the fair will continue to be the most affordable state fair in the Midwest.
Activists Urge Approval Of Proposal To Require Fingerprints For Illinois Gun Licenses, More Background Checks For Firearm PurchasesGun control advocates plan a rally in Springfield on Wednesday, to urge state lawmakers to approve legislation aimed at closing perceived loopholes in the state’s gun licensing system.
'I Have Had Too Much To Drink Tonight': Video Shows State Rep. Steve Reick's DUI ArrestWhen Illinois State Rep. Steve Reick (R-Woodtock) was pulled over in Springfield earlier this month, he admitted right off the bat he had one too many drinks that night.
Dash Cam Video Shows State Rep. Steve Reick's DUI ArrestReick is the second state lawmaker this year to be charged with a DUI.
Illinois Revenue Bump Spurs Debate Over Pritzker Tax HikesHouse Republicans are asking why Pritzker and his fellow Democrats who control the House and Senate can't forgo their plans to increase taxes.
Karaoke Contest Returning To Illinois State FairThe Illinois State Fair karaoke contest is returning this summer, and the winner will get to perform on the fair's biggest stage.