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Ill. Senate approves school funding overhaul

SPRINGFIELD | Despite a lengthy and sometimes contentious debate, the Illinois Senate approved sweeping changes to the way the state funds public education Tuesday.

May 28, 2014 1:15 pm

Lawmakers trade barbs over school funding

SPRINGFIELD | A proposal that would drastically change the way Illinois public schools are funded now limits the amount of funding some schools would lose under the plan.

May 22, 2014 5:05 pm

Senate OKs reckless driving penalties

SPRINGFIELD | Drivers could face stiffer penalties for failing to yield to emergency vehicles, under legislation approved in the Illinois Senate Thursday.

May 22, 2014 2:46 pm

Ill. Senate panel approves marijuana for children with epilepsy

SPRINGFIELD | Children who suffer from epilepsy could be soon made eligible for a medical marijuana license, under a proposal endorsed by a House panel Wednesday.

May 07, 2014 1:00 pm

Addiction treatment specialists say state funding is too low

SPRINGFIELD | While lawmakers look for solutions to Illinois’ heroin problem, addiction specialists say the state isn’t providing them with enough funding.

April 16, 2014 12:00 am

Station owners say gas tax would hurt consumers

SPRINGFIELD | Illinois gas station owners say an increase in the state’s motor fuel tax would be bad for business and consumers.

April 14, 2014 8:00 pm

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

Push to expand video gambling comes as industry continues to grow

SPRINGFIELD | When it comes to video gambling, the majority of the most lucrative sites in Illinois are bars or restaurants.

March 30, 2014 12:00 am

FTC calls Sunday auto sales ban anticompetitive

SPRINGFIELD | The Federal Trade Commission criticized the state’s longstanding prohibition on Sunday car sales in a letter issued this week.

March 28, 2014 5:40 pm

Lawmakers pan Quinn budget plan

SPRINGFIELD | Even before Gov. Pat Quinn outlined his budget blueprint Wednesday, his fellow Democrats were looking at other options to fill a gap left by the looming rollback of the state's temporary income tax increase.

March 26, 2014 11:21 pm

Rate structure proposed for progressive income tax

SPRINGFIELD |€“ A top Democrat in the Illinois Senate who supports a proposed graduated income tax says his plans for a rate structure would lower taxes for most Illinois residents.

March 25, 2014 5:40 pm

Decongestants take stage in war on meth

SPRINGFIELD | Some nasal decongestants and other common medicines could soon require a prescription, as lawmakers look for a solution to the state’s methamphetamine problem.

March 22, 2014 12:00 am

Lawmakers seek GED replacements

SPRINGFIELD | With GED testing fees rising by more than 100 percent in Illinois this year, state lawmakers are looking to other testing companies for an alternative.

March 12, 2014 7:39 pm

Boat safety video gets panel approval

SPRINGFIELD | Boat renters in Illinois could soon be required to watch a boating safety video before they can get on the water, under a proposal endorsed by a House panel this week.

March 08, 2014 12:00 am

Lawmakers unsure of prospects for capital project

SPRINGFIELD | Rank-and-file state lawmakers agree Illinois needs a new capital construction program, but questions remain about how to fund one.

February 24, 2014 12:00 am

Soda tax proposal could cause political fizz-ures

SPRINGFIELD | Illinois shoppers could find themselves paying extra for soft drinks under a proposed statewide soda tax.

February 17, 2014 5:30 pm

Lawmakers split on concealed carry changes

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.

February 13, 2014 12:00 am

Group pushes for redistricting reform

SPRINGFIELD | A new group in Illinois wants to take the legislative redistricting process out of lawmakers’ hands.

January 22, 2014 12:00 am

State disaster chief weathers storm, wins support

SPRINGFIELD | For almost three years, Jonathon Monken has been in charge of the cleanup whenever Illinois gets flooded, ravaged by tornadoes or frozen by a polar vortex.

January 19, 2014 12:00 am

Animal abuse registry proposed

SPRINGFIELD | People convicted of animal cruelty someday could find themselves on a list similar to one set up for convicted sex offenders.

January 15, 2014 12:00 am

Police say new cellphone law working well

SPRINGFIELD | A new law banning the use of cellphones while driving went into effect Jan. 1, and while many law enforcement agencies are letting officers decide whether to cut drivers some slack, one local department will not.

January 13, 2014 12:00 am
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