| May 13, 2011
| 9:33 PM
Posted by Ray Long and Todd Wilson at 6:55 p.m. SPRINGFIELD—The Illinois House and Senate traded competing versions of state spending plans today as lawmakers debated whether they were cutting too much from education and social services in the face....
| May 26, 2011
| 9:32 PM
Posted by Monique Garcia at 7:08 p.m. A House committee today approved legislation that would toughen rules for facilities that care for the mentally ill and developmentally disabled. The idea is to set up new regulations for those facilities instead........
| Aug 16, 2011
| 4:22 PM
A new coalition formed at the initiative of the Center on Halsted has brought together a broad group of political and LGBT community leaders to make Boystown both safer and more welcoming....
| May 30, 2011
| 5:52 PM
The House passed legislation today that would set stricter rules and guidelines for nursing homes in Illinois that care for the developmentally disabled.
The measure, which passed the House 69-45, would give harsher penalties for poor care and make sure...
| Jul 7, 2011
| 5:41 PM
CHICAGO, Ill. -- A 49-year old woman has become the first person to adopt her own children under a recent Illinois law that she inspired.
The law, passed in 2009, allows for parents who have lost custody of their children to rehabilitate themselves and...
| Apr 18, 2012
| 10:01 PM
Glimpses of a plan to slash spending on the state’s health care program for the poor emerged Wednesday, with preliminary ideas ranging from eliminating a discount prescription program for seniors to stricter eligibility requirements that would leave...
| May 25, 2012
| 4:57 AM
SPRINGFIELD --- Hundreds of thousands of poor Illinoisans would lose health coverage, prescription drug discounts for seniors would be dropped and dental care for adults would be greatly curtailed as part of $1.6 billion in budget cuts lawmakers...
| May 31, 2012
| 3:55 PM
SPRINGFIELD --- Strip clubs that sell booze or let people drink alcoholic beverages would face a new tax under a measure the Illinois House sent to the governor today.
Lawmakers approved the strip club tax 92-23, with three voting present. The money...
| Jun 3, 2012
The last few weeks showcased the Illinois General Assembly at its best and worst. Lawmakers plotted a course — and summoned the courage — to rescue Medicaid. They began the process of closing underused state institutions, passed a bill to...
| Jul 11, 2012
| 9:20 AM
Budget cuts that are often cited as a reason for failures by the state agency charged with protecting children have fallen disproportionately on front-line child abuse and neglect workers, a Tribune analysis has found.
Less than half the agency's overall...
| Jun 29, 2012
| 4:39 PM
Gov. Pat Quinn plans to use savings from shuttering several prisons to offset a deep budget cut aimed at the state agency charged with protecting abused and neglected children.
The $33.7 billion budget landed on the governor’s desk today, and he&...
| Nov 30, 2011
| 11:38 AM
Chicago plans to resume providing full overnight services to homeless people seeking help in the wee hours of the morning after state lawmakers restored funding for those types of programs across Illinois.
But it’s unclear how quickly that can...