State Lawmakers Launch Latest Effort To Legalize Marijuana In IllinoisState lawmakers and advocacy groups have launched the latest effort in Illinois to legalize the recreational use of marijuana here.
Illinois Lawmakers Won't Vote On Minimum WageIllinois lawmakers face a number of issues as they wind down their fall veto session but won't consider increasing the state's minimum wage. Votes could come Wednesday on an expanded election law and a state health-insurance exchange.
Lawmakers Get Details Of Pension Reform Plan; Could Vote TuesdayIllinois' legislative leaders briefed other lawmakers Friday on details of a breakthrough agreement for solving the state's $100 billion pension crisis, leaving them four days to study the plan before facing a vote that could be crucial for the state's financial condition and their own re-election plans.
Appeals Court Denies Quinn's Latest Bid To Block Lawmakers' PayGov. Pat Quinn lost another round in his bid to block lawmakers’ paychecks until they send him a pension reform plan, when the Illinois Appellate Court denied his request to stop legislators from getting paid.
Judge: Quinn Has To Pay Lawmakers A Cook County judge has ruled that Gov. Pat Quinn's decision to halt lawmaker pay over the pension crisis is unconstitutional and has ordered Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka to pay them immediately.
Quinn Pleased With 'Positive' Framework From Pension CommitteeGov. Pat Quinn appears happy about the progress state lawmakers have been making on pension reforms.
Topinka Won't Pay Lawmakers' Salaries, But Slams Quinn Veto As 'Blackmail'Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka said Thursday that she has no choice but to withhold lawmakers' paychecks, citing a precedent-setting court case that bars her from paying state employees without a budget appropriation or court order.
Quinn Suspends Lawmakers' Pay Over Pension StalemateSeeking to pressure lawmakers into acting on comprehensive pension reform, Gov. Pat Quinn used his budgetary veto powers on Wednesday to suspend legislative salaries until they come up with a plan.
Homewood, Hazel Crest Eye Ban On Assault WeaponsAs state lawmakers decide Tuesday whether to override Gov. Pat Quinn’s veto of the concealed-carry law, two Southland towns are set to vote Tuesday night on ordinances that would prohibit assault weapons within their borders, the Southtown Star reports.
Governor Seeks Public Pressure To Keep Changes To Concealed Carry BillGov. Pat Quinn is trying to head off an override of the changes he made to the concealed carry legislation that passed in the Illinois House and Senate by wide margins, by launching a PR campaign ahead of Tuesday's legislative session.
Quinn, Lawmakers Plan Pension Talks Into JulyGov. Pat Quinn and lawmakers are working on a new plan to solve the state's $97 billion pension crisis that involves forming a bipartisan committee and reconvening the Legislature again in July.
Lawmakers Approve Required Birth Control Lessons In Sex Ed ClassesState lawmakers have passed legislation that would mandate schools that teach sex education in Illinois also would have to give students information about birth control.
Protesters Urge Madigan To Take Concealed Carry Case To Supreme CourtActivists staged a protest Thursday over Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s decision to wait until the legislature follows a court order and passes a new concealed carry law, rather than appeal the case to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Budget Expert: Lawmakers' Refusal Of Pension Benefits 'Irrelevant' To Pension CrisisSeveral state lawmakers have opted out of their legislative pensions, while the state continues to struggle with a massive pension debt, but a local budget policy group said the lawmakers’ actions are neither effective, nor relevant.
Illinois House Ends Current Session With No Vote On Pension ReformIllinois lawmakers abruptly adjourned a lame-duck legislative session Tuesday without agreement on how to fix the nation's most dire pension crisis, declining even to vote on the governor's last-ditch effort to let an independent commission sort out the $96 billion mess.