Illinois House http://peoriapublicradio.org en House to consider mandatory minimums for illegally carrying a gun http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/house-consider-mandatory-minimums-illegally-carrying-gun <div>The Illinois House is set to consider legislation that would keep people in prison longer if they're caught illegally carrying a gun.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">A House committee advanced a revised version of the measure Tuesday night. Chicago Mayor </span>Rahm<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Emanuel says the change will help curb gang violence, but even legislators who voted for the plan are skeptical of that claim.&nbsp;</span></div><p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 13:14:36 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 14507 at http://peoriapublicradio.org House to consider mandatory minimums for illegally carrying a gun Push for same-sex marriage http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/push-same-sex-marriage <div>The Illinois Senate this year approved a bill to allow same-sex couples to marry. That vote came on Valentine’s Day. Now nine months later, gay and lesbian couples in Illinois are still waiting for the House to vote on the bill. Their final chance to win approval this year comes during this week’s veto session, and supporters are making sure lawmakers know how important this is to them.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Illinois Public Radio’s &nbsp;Rich Egger has the story.&nbsp;</span></div><div></div><p></p> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 12:58:16 +0000 Rich Egger 14385 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Push for same-sex marriage Gov. doesn't support opponent's proposal to change Il constitution http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/gov-doesnt-support-opponents-proposal-change-il-constitution <div>Governor Pat Quinn says he does not support an opponent's proposal to change the Illinois Constitution.</div><div> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 11:13:57 +0000 Brian Mackey 11463 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Gov. doesn't support opponent's proposal to change Il constitution Economic development bill approved http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/economic-development-bill-approved <p></p><div>The Illinois House approved a massive economic development bill Thursday evening. The legislation makes way for projects across Illinois from a fertilizer plant in Tuscola to remodeling the convention center in Rosemont. It also has what Governor Pat Quinn calls a "breakthrough" meant to advance the proposed third Chicago airport near Peotone.</div><div> Fri, 31 May 2013 12:05:07 +0000 Denise Molina & Brian Mackey 6535 at http://peoriapublicradio.org House approves drone regulation measure http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/house-approves-drone-regulation-measure <p></p><p></p><div>A proposal that would regulate the use of drones by law enforcement agencies in Illinois has cleared the House. Drones are sophisticated, unmanned aircraft that authorities are considering for aerial surveillance.</div><div> Thu, 30 May 2013 18:53:16 +0000 Denise Molina & Brian Mackey 6494 at http://peoriapublicradio.org House approves drone regulation measure Senate Democrats to meet on concealed-carry legislation http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/senate-democrats-meet-concealed-carry-legislation <p></p><div>Senate Democrats are planning to meet Monday to figure out how to respond to concealed-carry legislation passed by the House on Friday.</div><div> Mon, 27 May 2013 12:17:59 +0000 Denise Molina & Chris Slaby 6275 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Senate Democrats to meet on concealed-carry legislation House passes measure allowing internet gambling on horse racing http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/house-passes-measure-allowing-internet-gambling-horse-racing <p></p><div>Internet gambling on horse racing would once again be legal in Illinois under legislation approved Sunday by the Illinois House of Representatives. IPR’S Brian Mackey has more.</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Online and telephone horse betting has been illegal in Illinois all year. &nbsp;A law authorizing it expired on Dec. 31. The practice, known as "advanced deposit wagering," was a $122 million business in Illinois last year.</span></div><div> Mon, 27 May 2013 12:14:12 +0000 Denise Molina & Brian Mackey 6274 at http://peoriapublicradio.org House passes measure allowing internet gambling on horse racing House to consider concealed-carry legislation http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/house-consider-concealed-carry-legislation <p></p><div>A measure that would allow Illinois residents to carry concealed firearms is heading to the House floor after lawmakers approved it in committee Thursday. The legislation prohibits concealed-carry in many public places, like public transit, sports arenas, schools, and street festivals. Some of these have been sticking points for gun-rights advocates, who would prefer universal carry.</div><div> Fri, 24 May 2013 12:03:31 +0000 Denise Molina & Chris Slaby 6152 at http://peoriapublicradio.org House to consider concealed-carry legislation Measure closing "tax loopholes" heads to the House http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/measure-closing-tax-loopholes-heads-house <p></p><div>A measure that would close three so-called “corporate tax loopholes” in Illinois is beginning to make its way through the House. Governor Pat Quinn’s office says Illinois could bring in as much as 445-million dollars by ending the tax breaks.</div><div> Fri, 24 May 2013 11:45:12 +0000 Denise Molina & Chris Slaby 6150 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Lawmakers consider expanding Medicaid http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/lawmakers-consider-expanding-medicaid <p></p><div>The Illinois House is advancing a measure that would significantly expand Illinois' health care for the poor.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Under this legislation, Medicaid would for the first time cover adults who do not have children.</span></div><div>Representative Sara Feigenholtz, a Democrat from Chicago, says in a way, we're already paying for these people's health care.</div><div> Wed, 22 May 2013 11:47:30 +0000 Denise Molina & Brian Mackey 6001 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Lawmakers consider expanding Medicaid