| Mar 7, 2013
| 4:53 PM
Doctors will be asked to pay more in fees under a bill House lawmakers sent to Gov. Pat Quinn on Thursday, with the money earmarked to speed up the licensing process and strengthen efforts to discipline bad physicians.
The governor has vowed to sign the...
| Nov 28, 2012
| 11:29 AM
The Illinois House today voted to give Mayor Rahm Emanuel's education team another four months to come up with a list of school closings.
The Senate then passed its own bill, but the two chambers must pass the same actual legislation before it can...
| May 22, 2013
| 7:08 PM
The Illinois House today sent Gov. Pat Quinn legislation that would raise the speed limit on non-urban interstate highways from 65 mph to 70 mph.
Supporters said increasing the limit would put Illinois in line with neighboring states and help the...
| Dec 11, 2012
Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett vowed Monday to move forcefully to address the city's crisis in K-8 truancy and absenteeism, declaring: "We must work to shut down the dropout pipeline."
She said that "while the district has not fully...
| Dec 11, 2012
| 1:32 PM
The state of Illinois would have to allow ordinary citizens to carry weapons under a federal appeals court ruling issued today, but the judges also gave lawmakers 180 days to put their own version of the law in place.
In a 2-1 decision that is a major...
| Apr 2, 2013
| 2:00 AM
CTA President Forrest Claypool on Monday appeared to alternate between playing the roles of an impartial party as well as a pitchman for the new Ventra transit card's controversial prepaid debit-account program.
Claypool told state officials at a public...
| Jan 10, 2012
| 12:38 PM
The state's working poor will save a bit more on taxes as a result of a bill Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law today.
The measure increases the earned income tax credit. The Democratic governor requested the relief to provide a counterbalance to the tax...
| Aug 17, 2012
| 1:46 PM
State lawmakers today kicked out a West Side Democrat accused of taking a $7,000 bribe, marking the first expulsion from the Illinois House since 1905.
Rep. Derrick Smith failed to show up to defend himself or hear his fellow House lawmakers condemn...
| Nov 9, 2011
| 4:35 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel's plan to use cameras to issue tickets to speeders in Chicago school and park zones is on its way to Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn's desk.
The Illinois House today voted 64-50 to approve the measure. The Senate already has signed off, but...
| May 25, 2012
| 2:18 PM
SPRINGFIELD --- The Illinois House today approved a $1-a-pack cigarette tax hike to generate money for health care coverage for the poor.
The 60-52 vote by the House, which has in the past rejected cigarette tax hike proposals, came a day after lawmakers...
| Jul 6, 2012
| 4:55 PM
SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Pat Quinn signed a bill Friday that lifts the state’s campaign contribution limits to candidates once big money starts flowing into a state or local political contest, a move one watchdog group decried as effectively...
| Jun 22, 2011
| 12:57 PM
SPRINGFIELD --- Gov. Pat Quinn today stood solidly today behind his opposition to allowing concealed weapons in Illinois even though Wisconsin is on the verge of becoming the 49th state with some form of such a law.
“We must ensure the safety of...