| 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 1, 2012
| 11:31 AM
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and Assessor Joe Berrios on Tuesday urged state lawmakers to give them more power to go after property owners who improperly claim tax breaks, saying they could recover more than $150 million in three years...
| 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...
| Sep 19, 2011
| 1:18 PM
Illinois Senate President John Cullerton today said he’s open to reducing the number of gaming positions in the gambling expansion lawmakers passed this spring in the hopes it would address Gov. Pat Quinn’s concerns that the bill is “top...
| Jun 22, 2011
| 10:10 AM
SPRINGFIELD --- The Illinois Senate won’t vote today on a measure pushed by Gov. Pat Quinn to limit collective bargaining rights for thousands of state workers.
The Democratic governor had hoped for a vote while legislators were in Springfield this...