Illinois General Assembly
If Illinois legislators were graded on their performance, they would be huddled in the corner this year, wearing cone-shaped dunce caps.
School funding in Illinois is the subject of considerable debate as Illinois weighs the fairness of its funding formula and tries to narrow the budget chasm. Education in Illinois needs a major overhaul, not just a tweak.
Illinois lawmakers are in the final furlong of the spring legislative session and it remains unknown whether there is enough gas left in the tank to carry the controversial extension of the 2011 temporary income tax increase across the finish line.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. | A plan in the Illinois Legislature that's close to reaching the governor's desk for approval would devastate the ridesharing industry in the state, companies including Uber, Lyft and Sidecar say.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. | Drunken driving offenders stripped of their driver's licenses could hit the road again if a proposal — supported by a prominent anti-drunken driving organization — keeps making its way through the Illinois Legislature.
Daffodils were blooming. The magnolia trees were budding. It was a time of new life and growth in Illinois' capital city last week.
SPRINGFIELD | A proposal to change the state’s school aid formula won the endorsement of a Senate panel Thursday, despite continued resistance from Republican lawmakers.
SPRINGFIELD | A proposal to dramatically overhaul the state's school funding formula and allocate more money to poorer districts moved ahead in the Illinois Senate on Tuesday. The regionally divisive issue, however, likely faces a tough road in gaining support from both parties in both chambers.
SPRINGFIELD | A fast-tracked plan to overhaul two Chicago city-pension programs slowed in the Illinois House Thursday, as nervous lawmakers said they fear backlash for a massive property-tax increase even if they don't directly approve it.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. | Less than 48 hours after it was proposed, an Illinois House committee gave quick approval Wednesday to Mayor Rahm Emanuel's plan to fix two underfunded Chicago pension systems in part by levying a massive property tax increase.
SPRINGFIELD | In a sign Democrats are sticking to their 2014 election playbook, House Speaker Michael Madigan signaled Tuesday a minimum wage increase could be on the horizon in Illinois.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. | House Speaker Michael Madigan's constitutional amendment to stop voter suppression is advancing in the Illinois Legislature.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. | An Illinois lawmaker is challenging others at the state Capitol to not only talk the talk on smaller government, but also walk the walk.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. | A proposal making it illegal to display what some are calling "revenge porn" is one step closer to becoming law.
INDIANAPOLIS | It's not often you'll hear a Hoosier governor claim Indiana's business taxes should be more like those in Illinois.
SPRINGFIELD | Illinois’ first concealed carry permits have yet to be granted, but legislators on all sides of the issue already are scrambling to amend the state’s carry rules.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. | Since spending a bitter-cold winter at a German prison camp during World War II, Dick Lockhart said his feet have ached more when lying in bed on cold nights than when moving around.
Veteran Illinois lobbyist Dick Lockhart, 90, right, jokes with friend and fellow lobbyist Bill Luking while talking about being the oldest practicing lobbyist in Illinois, and possibly the nation, in Springfield, Ill. Lockhart has lobbied in Springfield for 55 years and still works seven day…
SPRINGFIELD | Illinois lawmakers approved an 11th-hour extension to an online betting law on Wednesday that will allow horse racing tracks to keep their racing schedules intact this year.
SPRINGFIELD | All of the wrangling among the Republican candidates for governor about raising Illinois' minimum wage could be empty chatter by the time voters choose a chief executive next November.
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