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SPRINGFIELD | A proposal to allow motorists to keep their driver's licenses after getting speeding tickets is moving forward in the Illinois House.
CHICAGO HEIGHTS | State Rep. Anthony DeLuca wants to take on the issue of “food deserts” in large part because he sees how the problem impacts his home city.
In the waning days of the legislative session, the lawmaking process is not pretty.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. | A proposal making it illegal to display what some are calling "revenge porn" is one step closer to becoming law.
CHICAGO | Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and state Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie have worked together on new legislation regarding petroleum coke.
I was disappointed to read Rich James' recent column, “Sen. Tomes pistol-whips gun control.” His column was rife with error and made attacks on my personal character. It’s discouraging that this type of reporting passes as journalism today.
U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly, D-Ill., has introduced legislation to help expand economic opportunity by encouraging economic growth, business retention and recruitment in underserved communities.
SPRINGFIELD | People convicted of animal cruelty someday could find themselves on a list similar to one set up for convicted sex offenders.
MUNSTER | National Association of Retired and Active Federal Employees, Hammond Chapter 546, recently welcomed Indiana State Rep. Hal Slager and State NARFE Vice President Allen Lauer, of Fort Wayne, to a bi-monthly chapter meeting.
CHICAGO | Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation to prevent lenders from selling a home if the homeowner is applying for federal mortgage assistance.
SPRINGFIELD | Hoping to avoid leaving crumbling buildings and weed-choked lots across the state, Illinois lawmakers are considering offering tax breaks to companies that take over abandoned state facilities.
INDIANAPOLIS | Former Indiana schools chief Tony Bennett kept multiple campaign databases on Department of Education servers and ordered his staff to dissect a speech by his Democratic opponent for inaccuracies last fall in apparent violations of Indiana election and ethics laws, documents o…
SPRINGFIELD | A coalition of law enforcement groups is looking to the Illinois General Assembly to help crack down on people who make homemade bombs.
MERRILLVILLE | Eight members from Organize For Action rallied Monday in front the office of U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Merrillville, for immigration reform.
SPRINGFIELD | The head of the board that regulates Illinois' gambling said Tuesday that a proposed expansion calling for five new casinos raises so many questions about oversight of a Chicago casino that it should be separated into its own bill.
The Indiana General Assembly is considering legislation that would allow businesses to continue to provide high-paying customers the ability to shoot white-tailed deer within fenced enclosures.
Illinoisans who buy a dog or cat that turns out to be seriously ill would have a new legal remedy under a proposal being considered by state legislators.
GARY | A legislative forum to raise local awareness of region issues in the Indiana General Assembly generated discussion about economic development in Gary and a move by Griffith to secede from Calumet Township.
SPRINGFIELD | A Republican lawmaker filed legislation this week aimed at discouraging the use of "lame duck sessions" that quickly pass controversial measures by relying on votes from outgoing legislators.
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