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Government and Legislature

There are growing warnings on Capitol Hill that the nation could be rolling toward an end-of-the-year fiscal train wreck.

"The looming tax hike will be absolutely devastating," Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said.

"You can call this a fiscal cliff. You can call it 'Taxmageddon' as others have done. Whatever you call it, it will be a disaster for the middle class," Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, added.

And Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., said: "It's a tsunami; there's no question about it, and it's coming."

Extended cell-phone restriction sent to governor

May 29, 2012

Illinois drivers could soon be banned from talking on cell phones while going through an emergency zone. State lawmakers sent the measure to the governor Monday. 

  • A different memorial for holiday weekend
  • Illinois Senate approves strip club fee
  • Gambling backers looking for support
  • Bag recycling bill will need recycling

General Assembly Approves Massive Medicaid Cuts

May 25, 2012

The General Assembly has overwhelmingly approved steep cuts to Medicaid, Illinois' system of health care for the poor.   Backers of the cuts say they are a long-overdue correction for a program that has grown out of control.

A former prosecutor gives the outgoing U.S. Attorney for northern Illinois high marks for his relationship with local law enforcement. 

  • Dixon will delay its own Crundwell probe
  • Sand pit meeting reviews issues and obstacles
  • Roadwork affects Illinois 2 in Ogle County

Cherry Valley train fire final report issued

West Nile virus shows up early this year

NATO protestors will challenge terrorism charges

Is more gambling a good bet for revenue?

Anti-bullying measure fails in Illinois legislature

May 23, 2012

The Illinois Senate has rejected a measure aimed at making schools adopt tougher anti-bullying policies. But supporters may try again.

Illinois House approves changes to eavesdropping law

May 23, 2012
Howstuffworks.com

 

Current Illinois law makes recording police officers in public a crime. The proposed changes approved 71-45 by the Illinois House would decriminalize such recordings. The bill's sponsors say they've addressed concerns raised by law enforcement.

Public universities are required to hand out tuition waivers awarded by state lawmakers. But a pending law change would end the practice.

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