| May 29, 2013
| 5:08 AM
SPRINGFIELD — New estimates released Tuesday indicate House Speaker Michael Madigan’s pension reform proposal would save more money over the next three decades than had been expected.
Number crunchers turned in a final review that showed...
| May 19, 2013
| 6:05 PM
The grieving mother of a 6-year-old killed in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School joined Illinois Democrats on Sunday in calling for a statewide ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines.
Nicole Hockley choked up when discussing the December...
| Jan 7, 2013
| 5:09 AM
SPRINGFIELD — With time running short in the lame-duck session, state lawmakers on Sunday dropped hot-button issues dealing with guns and marijuana but kept alive hopes of reforming pensions and giving driver's licenses to illegal immigrants....
| Nov 28, 2012
| 8:07 PM
Republican Sen. Christine Radogno of Lemont survived a challenge Wednesday night and will continue as Senate GOP leader for two more years.
Senate Republicans lost five seats in this month's election, dropping their numbers to 19, compared to 40...
| Nov 20, 2012
| 11:31 AM
Gov. Pat Quinn, Senate President John Cullerton and Mayor Rahm Emanuel said today they will push the state legislature to once again try to pass a measure creating a special driver’s license for illegal immigrants.
This time, the Democrats who...
| Feb 28, 2013
| 4:24 PM
SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Senate today approved an expansion of health care for 342,000 low-income residents under legislation that embraces President Barack Obama’s signature program to give medical coverage to more Americans.
| Nov 6, 2012
| 11:37 PM
Democrats boosted their already strong majorities in the state House and Senate on Tuesday, taking advantage of new legislative boundaries they drew over the protests of frustrated Republicans.
House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John...
| May 25, 2012
A year after Emil Jones Jr. retired from the Illinois Senate in 2008, his annual pension jumped by more than 50 percent to $122,334 — far more than he ever earned as Senate president.
Jones' good fortune comes courtesy of legislation he sponsored...
| May 3, 2012
| 10:50 AM
The Illinois Senate today overwhelmingly approved the elimination of a century-old legislative scholarship program that has come under federal investigation and long been abused by politicians who passed out the tuition waivers to relatives and the...
| May 3, 2012
| 10:32 AM
Illinois voters this fall will be asked whether to make it tougher for state and local governments to sweeten public employee pensions under a proposal lawmakers approved today.
The proposed amendment to the Illinois Constitution goes directly to the...
| Jun 27, 2011
| 8:30 AM
Back seat passengers will now be required to wear seat belts in Illinois under a measure Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law today.
The move strengthens the state's current seat belt laws, which require passengers in the front seat and anyone under the age of...
| May 31, 2012
| 4:47 AM
SPRINGFIELD — As lawmakers head toward adjournment tonight, Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan paved the way for a comprehensive government worker pension reform plan by dropping his demand that suburban and Downstate school districts pay more...