Illinois House

State Budget
3:17 am
Thu April 25, 2013

Statehouse Republicans Propose Welfare Reforms

Republican lawmakers in the Illinois House say the state could save a lot of money by tightening welfare rules. They unveiled a package of reforms at Memorial Hall in Rockford Wednesday. 

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6:04 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Illinois House Rejects Concealed Carry Bill

Credit state of Illinois

A concealed carry measure supported by the National Rifle Association was defeated in the Illinois House Thursday. It was the latest attempt by lawmakers to comply with a court order that they pass a law permitting people to carry guns in public.

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6:25 am
Mon March 25, 2013

School Consolidation Bill Gains Momentum

State Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth

Consolidating school districts would become easier if a measure that made it through the Illinois House becomes law. It would allow school boards to dissolve districts with less than 750 students. Voters usually have to approve a referendum before a district can dissolve, which prepares it to combine with another district.

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12:16 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Madigan Says House Is Short Of Gay Marriage Votes


Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan predicts a rough road ahead for a same-sex marriage bill. He says passing the bill out of the lower-chamber would be ``very difficult.'' 

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5:09 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Pension Reform Passes Committee, No House Vote Yet


There’s no deal on a pension reform plan at the Illinois Capitol…yet.

The Illinois House adjourned without a floor vote on a contentious plan to change the state’s troubled public employee pension system. An Illinois House committee today gave bi-partisan approval to a plan sponsored by Representative Elaine Nekritz. She says she expects it to be called for a vote by the House Tuesday, at the earliest.

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4:48 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Pension Vote Possible Monday

Credit state of Illinois

Illinois lawmakers could move forward with a plan to address the state's pension woes. A House committee is expected to consider a proposal when it meets on Monday. The expected vote comes after a Sunday meeting of the Illinois House that accomplished little. But legislators still say they can still tackle the state's pension problem before the General Assembly adjourns for good on Wednesday.

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6:36 am
Thu December 6, 2012

Illinois House Declines To Act On Prison Cuts

Credit state of Illinois

Governor Pat Quinn is declaring victory after the Illinois House tacitly accepted his plan to close several Illinois prisons. Quinn has been working all year to close the adult prisons in Tamms and Dwight, and the youth prisons in Joliet and Murphysboro.

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Illinois House
2:25 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Illinois House expels Rep. Derrick Smith

Derrick Smith

For the first time in more than a century, the Illinois House has voted to kick out one of its members.  

Derrick Smith, a Democrat who had represented the west side of Chicago, is charged with taking a $7,000 bribe in exchange for helping a daycare secure a state grant.

Although he's fighting the charge in court, legislators say his removal is warranted because it's clear he crossed the line.

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Pension reform
12:31 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

Frustrated State Rep. Winters moves retirement forward to Tuesday

State Rep. Dav Winters

State Rep. Dave Winters, R-Shirland, citing frustration over the pension-reform impasse in the Illinois General Assembly, today announced that his retirement from the Illinois House of Representatives will take effect Tuesday, July 31.

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The Derrick Smith case
12:07 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

House will convene Aug. 17 on Smith's fate

Rep. Derrick Smith

The Illinois House of Representatives will convene for one day next month to consider whether to expel one of its own.

A day after a special House committee recommended that Rep. Derrick Smith, D-Chicago, lose his seat, Speaker Michael Madigan told members to be in Springfield on Friday, Aug. 17.

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