Illinois General Assembly

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Members of the Illinois General Assembly received the fifth-highest legislator salaries in the nation. That's according to data from the National Conference of State Legislatures

The average salary for politicians in the state was about $67,000.

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.

Heroin Task Forces Ramp Up Efforts

Mar 6, 2014

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.

Social Media Privacy Rules Extended To Students

Dec 26, 2013

A new Illinois law aims to protect internet privacy for students. It was inspired by a similar law approved last year.

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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.

Gay Marriage Bill Faces Tough House Vote

Mar 6, 2013
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The Illinois House could soon take up a bill 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.

Drivers License Bill Heads to Governor

Jan 9, 2013

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.

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.

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.