Government and Legislature

Illinois Rules of the Road 2014

If you took a car trip in Illinois this summer, you might think there is plenty of roadwork going on. But a new analysis finds the state would need to bring in billions of dollars in additional revenue to maintain its infrastructure.

Martin Luby wrote the report for the University of Illinois’s Institute of Government and Public Affairs. He says the state would need a minimum of four billion dollars annually to spend on infrastructure in the coming decades.


A new law will require schools to install carbon monoxide detectors.

The law comes after an incident last year, where about 150 students and staff members became ill at the North Mac Intermediate School in Girard. The cause was a faulty exhaust pipe in the heating system.

A carbon monoxide detector would have alerted those in the building. While the detectors are required for many structures, schools were left out. 

Illinois Continues To Hire Despite Lack Of Budget

Sep 4, 2015

The absence of a state budget hasn't kept Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration and other Illinois agencies from hiring more workers.

Illinois comptroller records show that 440 people were added to the payroll in August, more than the previous six-month average and an increase from the previous month. In July, 360 employees were hired, slightly less than the six-month average of 390 per month. 

The hires come as the governor moves to lay off some state workers by closing the Illinois State Museum and reducing funding at the Illinois Department of Agriculture. 

In light of recent violence toward random victims and police officers, the DeKalb police department wants the community to know about the "I've Got Your Back" campaign. It didn't take long for the Facebook universe to respond. As as 9/3/15, the Facebook post on the campaign had nearly 1,000 shares and 1,400 "likes."


Government labor unions lost a fight with Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner yesterday.

AFSCME and other unions say the governor is making unreasonable demands in contract negotiations. But the governor and like-minded Republicans, such as Representative Jeanne Ives of Wheaton, say unions are asking for more than Illinois can afford.

"Some of you are going to be winners, and some of you are going to be losers,” Ives said. “And what you're going to lose is your livelihood, because there's no other way to pay for this."

Illinois Railroad Association

Last year, 269 people were killed in the US at rail crossings. 40% of those happened in just five states…and Illinois is one of them.


Illinois may miss a deadline to rule on proposals for more qualifying conditions for medical marijuana. The main sponsor of the program in the General Assembly says he’s not worried.

Monday went by without Illinois Public Health Director Nirav Shah ruling on whether to add 11 illnesses to the 40 to be covered when the state’s first medical marijuana dispensaries open. That will likely be sometime in the fall. 

The list of recommendations from Illinois’ Medical Cannabis Advisory Board include Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, osteoarthritis, and migraines. 


A government labor union says it's confident the Illinois House will side with it over Gov. Bruce Rauner. A key vote on whether to override Rauner's veto of a union-backed bill is expected Wednesday.

The legislation would bar unions from striking and prohibit the governor from locking workers out. Instead, if the parties can’t agree on a contract, an arbitrator would decide.


It's been about two months since Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner approved changes to the state's concealed carry law. It was the first amendment since the law's creation.

Dennis Leifheit is a northern Illinois concealed carry instructor. He says a big change approved by Rauner was no longer requiring a firearm owner to unload the gun if it will be left in a car. Leifheit says it was a safety issue.  


A marijuana advocacy group is urging Illinois lawmakers to accept Governor Bruce Rauner's changes to a marijuana decriminalization plan. 

In his amendatory veto, the Governor supported lowering penalties for possession of pot but he did tighten the amount someone could have to avoid a criminal charge.  

The National Organization to Reform Marijuana laws says it's still a move in the right direction.