Illinois General Assembly

Government
7:14 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Illinois Lawmakers Prepare To Wrap Up Session

Illinois Senate President John Cullerton

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.

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Government
6:23 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Heroin Task Forces Ramp Up Efforts

State Rep. John Cabello

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.

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Government
6:22 am
Thu December 26, 2013

Social Media Privacy Rules Extended To Students

State Rep. Mike Fortner

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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Government
5:32 am
Wed June 19, 2013

Special Session: Illinois Lawmakers Plan To Create Pension Committee

Credit state of Illinois

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.

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Government
6:27 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Gay Marriage Bill Faces Tough House Vote

Credit state of Illinois

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.

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Government
7:19 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Drivers License Bill Heads to Governor

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.

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Government
6:53 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Current General Assembly Won't Consider Gun Control Bill

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.

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Government
5:05 am
Fri May 25, 2012

General Assembly Approves Massive Medicaid Cuts

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.

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