| 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...
| Jun 6, 2013
| 2:23 PM
Gov. Pat Quinn today called lawmakers back into special session June 19 to deal with the public employee pension shortfall after another rating agency downgraded Illinois' credit rating.
Given the wide philosophical divides between the House and Senate,...
| May 22, 2013
| 4:00 AM
— The Illinois House's longtime gambling expansion point man has dropped his sponsorship of a casino bill to avoid a potential conflict of interest.
Democratic Rep. Lou Lang of Skokie wrote to the House clerk that he is now affiliated with a law...
| Feb 20, 2013
| 2:33 PM
SPRINGFIELD — A top House Democrat on Wednesday suggested a new plan to fix the state’s massively indebted retirement system: make the temporary income tax hike permanent, have state workers and teachers chip in more toward their pension and...
| Jan 25, 2013
| 3:27 PM
SPRINGFIELD — Illinois fell to the bottom of all 50 states in the rankings of a major credit ratings agency Friday following the failure of Gov. Pat Quinn and lawmakers to fix the state’s hemorrhaging pension system during this month’s...
| Jan 25, 2013
| 3:38 PM
Gov. Pat Quinn is scheduled to sign a measure into law Sunday that will grant drivers licenses to undocumented immigrants.
The move comes as little surprise given the Democratic governor’s outspoken support of the measure, which was passed by...
| May 16, 2013
| 7:27 PM
SPRINGFIELD — A bill that would set up the rules to allow concealed weapons to be carried in Illinois has started moving through the state senate.
The measure would require a gun owner to get a special endorsement from the Chicago police in...
| Sep 13, 2012
| 4:02 PM
Don’t expect a vote on a plan to overhaul the state’s government worker pension program until after the new year, Illinois Senate President John Cullerton indicated Thursday.
The North Side Democrat said that there simply aren’t...
| Feb 1, 2013
It took more than two decades of labor, but Illinois is finally poised to permit its first free-standing birth center, an alternative model of care for low-risk pregnant women who want to deliver in a homey environment with a reduced chance of medical...
| May 23, 2013
| 10:16 AM
SPRINGFIELD --- An Illinois House panel today approved a concealed weapons bill that supporters say attempts to walk the fine line between gun rights advocates and gun control supporters, but some Chicago-area lawmakers want a more restrictive bill.
| Jan 7, 2013
| 1:51 PM
The Illinois House adjourned for the day without voting on a major government worker pension overhaul, casting grave doubt on the reform plan's fate.
The bill passed out of a committee earlier today, but proponents are still trying to round up enough...
| Jun 19, 2013
| 2:44 PM
SPRINGFIELD --- The General Assembly is in special session today to form a conference committee of lawmakers who will try to come up with a way to break a stalemate on government worker pension reform.
The Senate got the ball rolling by voting 45-11 not...