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  • On the 'Scholarship' list in Springfield

     
    Where do our lawmakers stand on the issue of legislative scholarships -- those tuition waivers that members of the state house and senate have traditionally been allowed to dispense to constituents? As part of the renewed effort to abolish that...
  • Oh, you Democrats!

     
    At the tail end of our story today on the bid to rein in pension increases: Democrats led by Senate President John Cullerton shunted proposals to ban legislative scholarships to a subcommittee, a potential setback to efforts to kill the...

    General Assembly overrides governor's veto of concealed carry bill

    General Assembly overrides governor's veto of concealed carry bill
    SPRINGFIELD -- Lawmakers made Illinois the last state to allow concealed carry of firearms in two quick votes Tuesday that formalized the deepening rift between Gov. Pat Quinn and the legislature. The House and Senate voted to override Quinn's...

    Signed and sealed: Illinois 16th state to legalize gay marriage

    Signed and sealed: Illinois 16th state to legalize gay marriage
    Gov. Pat Quinn on Wednesday put his signature on a historic measure making Illinois the 16th state to allow same-sex marriage, capping a 40-year push for gay rights that picked up major momentum during the past decade. Playing master of ceremonies...

    Illinois graduated income tax vote next week

    Illinois graduated income tax vote next week
    A key Democratic state senator said Thursday he will seek a vote Tuesday on his controversial plan to ask voters to amend the state constitution to replace Illinois’ flat-rate income tax with a graduated tax based on the amount of income earned....