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Handheld cell phone ban while driving heads to Governor

SPRINGFIELD | A ban on handheld cell phone use while driving across the state was approved by the House Tuesday.

May 28, 2013 7:45 pm

Illinois lawmakers seek study for future east-west passenger rail development

SPRINGFIELD | Lawmakers are signaling for more statewide passenger train service by showing support for the potential creation of an east-west rail corridor.

May 23, 2013 10:27 pm

Illinois Senate approves electronic cigarette ban for minors

SPRINGFIELD | Minors statewide would not be able to buy electronic cigarettes under a plan unanimously endorsed in the Senate Tuesday.

May 21, 2013 11:30 pm

Zero-tolerance alcohol policy for on-duty police emerges

SPRINGFIELD | Illinois lawmakers are pushing for a zero-tolerance alcohol policy for on-duty police officers, yet recent findings could slow negotiations.

May 11, 2013 7:30 pm

Senate approves measure allowing psychologists to prescribe medications

SPRINGFIELD | Illinois psychologists could soon be picking up a pen and prescribing medication under a proposal approved by the state Senate Thursday.

April 27, 2013 9:30 pm

Bill to enable psychologists to prescribe drugs debated

SPRINGFIELD | Dr. Cynthia Clark said it has been difficult during her 25 years practicing psychology to watch and wait for some of her clients to receive treatment.

March 29, 2013 8:45 pm

State mental health court orders still lacking?

SPRINGFIELD | A majority of Illinois counties still are not submitting records to the state that would ban the mentally ill from owning firearms.

March 07, 2013 11:45 pm

911 funds drying up, lawmaker proposes higher tax

SPRINGFIELD | A proposal to raise taxes on cell phone users has been re-introduced in the Illinois House.

February 21, 2013 3:34 pm

Illinois dentists could someday administer vaccines

SPRINGFIELD | Illinoisans could someday ask their dentist for a flu shot or other kinds of vaccinations under a proposal pending in the Illinois Senate.

February 03, 2013 6:15 pm

Illinois accepting, processing electronically filed tax returns

SPRINGFIELD | Illinois taxpayers have a few more options to take into consideration this tax season.

January 30, 2013 7:45 pm

Doctor asks for statewide tanning ban for minors

SPRINGFIELD | Dr. Judith Knox sees patients with skin cancer every day and many come to her “worried” they developed it from tanning.

January 27, 2013 12:00 am

Tdap vaccine requirement extended to sixth- through 12th-grade students

SPRINGFIELD | Beginning next fall, the state will require all sixth- through 12th-grade students to receive a Tdap booster shot, following a state increase in whooping cough cases.

January 24, 2013 2:15 pm

40 years after Roe v. Wade, state abortions still slightly down

SPRINGFIELD | Forty years have gone by since the nation's highest court handed down the landmark Roe v. Wade decision and the number of abortions in Illinois continues to slightly decrease.

January 22, 2013 6:07 pm

State casino revenue still not meeting pre-recession levels

SPRINGFIELD | Revenue at the state's 10 casinos still is not meeting pre-recession levels.

January 12, 2013 12:00 am

Illinois observes fifth year of smoking ban

SPRINGFIELD | Five years after the state banned smoking in public places, health advocates say the law has been a success.

January 05, 2013 5:30 pm
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