Illinois General Assembly http://northernpublicradio.org en Illinois Lawmakers Prepare To Wrap Up Session http://northernpublicradio.org/post/illinois-lawmakers-prepare-wrap-session <p></p><p>The Illinois General Assembly is winding down its spring legislative session Friday, and could wrap up a day ahead of Saturday's scheduled adjournment. Observers say just a few big issues remain. Fri, 30 May 2014 12:14:36 +0000 Brian Mackey 48319 at http://northernpublicradio.org Illinois Lawmakers Prepare To Wrap Up Session Heroin Task Forces Ramp Up Efforts http://northernpublicradio.org/post/heroin-task-forces-ramp-efforts <p></p><p>Illinois could soon see new laws aimed at addressing the heroin problem in many parts of the state. Two special panels are in the process of gathering feedback on possible solutions. Thu, 06 Mar 2014 12:23:54 +0000 Mike Moen 44057 at http://northernpublicradio.org Heroin Task Forces Ramp Up Efforts Social Media Privacy Rules Extended To Students http://northernpublicradio.org/post/social-media-privacy-rules-extended-students <p></p><p>A <a href="http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/billstatus.asp?DocNum=0064&amp;GAID=12&amp;GA=98&amp;DocTypeID=HB&amp;LegID=68344&amp;SessionID=85&amp;SpecSess=">new Illinois law</a> aims to protect internet privacy for students. It was inspired by a similar law approved last year. Thu, 26 Dec 2013 12:22:59 +0000 Mike Moen 40953 at http://northernpublicradio.org Social Media Privacy Rules Extended To Students Special Session: Illinois Lawmakers Plan To Create Pension Committee http://northernpublicradio.org/post/special-session-illinois-lawmakers-plan-create-pension-committee <p></p><p>Illinois lawmakers will gather for a special session Wednesday. They were called to address the state's pension crisis. But they're expected to pass off the problem to a legislative committee. Wed, 19 Jun 2013 10:32:35 +0000 Mike Moen 31713 at http://northernpublicradio.org Special Session: Illinois Lawmakers Plan To Create Pension Committee Gay Marriage Bill Faces Tough House Vote http://northernpublicradio.org/post/gay-marriage-bill-faces-tough-house-vote <p>The <a href="http://www.ilga.gov/house/">Illinois House</a> could soon take up a <a href="http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/billstatus.asp?DocNum=10&amp;GAID=12&amp;GA=98&amp;DocTypeID=SB&amp;LegID=68375&amp;SessionID=85">bill </a>that would legalize same-sex marriage. Political observers have said this vote will be a tough test for the latest effort to allow gay couples to marry. That remains the case as lawmakers prepare to consider the proposal. Wed, 06 Mar 2013 12:27:22 +0000 Mike Moen 26443 at http://northernpublicradio.org Gay Marriage Bill Faces Tough House Vote Drivers License Bill Heads to Governor http://northernpublicradio.org/post/drivers-license-bill-heads-governor <p>Governor Pat Quinn says he'll sign legislation creating a special driver's license for immigrants who are in Illinois illegally. The bill cleared its final legislative hurdle Tuesday after it was approved by the House on the last day of the lame-duck session. Wed, 09 Jan 2013 13:19:14 +0000 Brian Mackey 23776 at http://northernpublicradio.org Current General Assembly Won't Consider Gun Control Bill http://northernpublicradio.org/post/current-general-assembly-wont-consider-gun-control-bill <p>Illinois lawmakers have abandoned efforts to pass gun control legislation in the final days of their current session. An assault weapons ban was scheduled to be debated in front of a House committee Sunday, as lawmakers hustle to try to pass several bills before the end of session on Wednesday. Mon, 07 Jan 2013 12:53:25 +0000 Mike Moen 23663 at http://northernpublicradio.org General Assembly Approves Massive Medicaid Cuts http://northernpublicradio.org/post/general-assembly-approves-massive-medicaid-cuts <p class="yiv396387792MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 12pt"><span style="font-size: 12pt">The General Assembly has overwhelmingly approved steep cuts to Medicaid, Illinois&#39; system of health care for the poor.&nbsp;&nbsp; Backers of the cuts say&nbsp;they are&nbsp;a long-overdue correction for a program that has grown out of control. Fri, 25 May 2012 10:05:33 +0000 Jenna Dooley & Brian Mackey 12307 at http://northernpublicradio.org General Assembly Approves Massive Medicaid Cuts