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Illinois General Assembly

GOP opposition to school funding bill irks Manar

SPRINGFIELD | Illinois House Republicans, fearing that majority Democrats could take money away from their suburban Chicago school districts in a post-election vote, have thrown up prominent if symbolic opposition on Senate-approved legislation to overhaul state funding for public education.

September 29, 2014 10:15 pm

Proposal mandates carbon monoxide detectors in schools

SPRINGFIELD | Some Illinois school officials aren't waiting to find out if they'll be required to install carbon monoxide detectors in buildings where students are present.

September 25, 2014 3:31 pm

Crossing the Line -- Early Learning

Crossing the line separating Indiana and Illinois sometimes means dealing with different laws and customs. Readers are asked to share ideas for this weekly feature. This week: Early learning.

July 27, 2014 12:00 am

Crossing the Line -- Motorcycle helmets

Crossing the line separating Indiana and Illinois sometimes means dealing with different laws and customs. Readers are asked to share ideas for this weekly feature. This week: Motorcycle helmets.

July 20, 2014 12:00 am

Indiana GOP candidates crush Democrats in fundraising

INDIANAPOLIS | The three Republican candidates running this year for statewide office clobbered their Democratic opponents in fundraising during the second quarter.

July 15, 2014 7:30 pm
EDITORIAL: Still looking for balance in Springfield

EDITORIAL: Still looking for balance in Springfield

If Illinois legislators were graded on their performance, they would be huddled in the corner this year, wearing cone-shaped dunce caps.

June 11, 2014 12:00 am

EDITORIAL: Illinois needs school district consolidation

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.

May 20, 2014 12:05 am

Making tax hike permanent still an unknown

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.

May 19, 2014 12:00 am

Ill. Senate approves ridesharing regulations

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.

May 15, 2014 3:51 pm

Ill. lawmakers advance plan to ease DUI penalties

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.

May 14, 2014 3:31 pm

GOP happy Madigan pulled plug on 'millionaire tax' proposal

Daffodils were blooming. The magnolia trees were budding. It was a time of new life and growth in Illinois' capital city last week.

April 14, 2014 12:00 am

New school aid formula wins senate panel endorsement

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.

April 10, 2014 3:41 pm

School funding plan advances in Illinois Senate

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.

April 08, 2014 3:45 pm Related

Lawmakers fear blame for Chicago pension tax hike

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.

April 03, 2014 3:26 pm

Chicago pension fix gets quick committee approval

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.

April 02, 2014 3:36 pm

Madigan says minimum wage hike has strong support in House

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.

April 02, 2014 12:00 am

Madigan's voting rights amendment advances

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. | House Speaker Michael Madigan's constitutional amendment to stop voter suppression is advancing in the Illinois Legislature.

April 01, 2014 12:52 pm

Ill. lawmaker takes aim at Capitol food, fitness habits

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.

February 22, 2014 1:41 pm

Ill. Senate committee passes 'revenge porn' bill

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. | A proposal making it illegal to display what some are calling "revenge porn" is one step closer to becoming law.

February 20, 2014 12:00 am
Pence not telling whole story on state business tax comparisons

Pence not telling whole story on state business tax comparisons

INDIANAPOLIS | It's not often you'll hear a Hoosier governor claim Indiana's business taxes should be more like those in Illinois.

February 16, 2014 12:35 am Photos




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