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12:16 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Madigan Says House Is Short Of Gay Marriage Votes

Credit housedem.state.il.us

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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Developing
5:09 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Pension Reform Passes Committee, No House Vote Yet

Credit Illinois.gov


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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Government
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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Government
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
ilga.gov

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
ilga.gov

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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Politics
10:20 am
Tue July 10, 2012

Indicted state representative wants hearing delayed

Rep. Derrick Smith
www.ilga.gov

A special legislative panel is scheduled to hold its final disciplinary hearing against indicted State Rep. Derrick Smith, D-Chicago, next Thursday, but Smith's attorneys want that timeline pushed back.

Smith was arrested in March on charges that he accepted a $7,000 bribe in exchange for helping a day care center get a state grant.

Although he's pleaded not guilty in federal court, there's no requirement that the General Assembly wait for a final verdict. The Illinois House is free to mete out punishment -- including taking away his seat.

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Politics
2:02 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

GOP protests Democrat’s signatures in 90th House District

Republicans in the redrawn 90th Illinois House District are attempting to prevent Thomas Boken Jr. of DeKalb from appearing on the November ballot to oppose Tom Demmer of Dixon for retiring state Rep. Jerry Mitchell’s seat.

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Government
10:01 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Tensions mount in Illinois House over pensions

The Illinois House is divided over a measure that would bring major changes to the state's pension system. The plan was approved by a committee on Tuesday. But it ignited a tense debate on the House floor. 

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