Illinois House http://peoriapublicradio.org en Il House rejects "doomsday" budget http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/il-house-rejects-doomsday-budget <div>The Illinois House has overwhelmingly rejected a 34.5 billion dollar "doomsday'" budget that would mean deep cuts to schools and social services next year.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The budget plan was developed by legislative leaders after it became clear there weren't enough votes to support an earlier budget that relied on extending Illinois' temporary income tax increase. </span></div><div> Fri, 23 May 2014 16:50:01 +0000 Associated Press & Brian Mackey 23799 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Il House rejects "doomsday" budget Il House could vote on leaner budget Friday http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/il-house-could-vote-leaner-budget-friday <div>The Illinois House of Representatives is preparing to vote on a budget that would make drastic cuts across state government. T<span style="line-height: 1.5;">his is the budget </span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Pat Quinn and other Democrats have been warning about.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It would cut spending across Illinois government, from prisons to human services to schools.</span></div><div> Fri, 23 May 2014 12:05:31 +0000 Brian Mackey 23789 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Il House could vote on leaner budget Friday Il House approves medical marijuana for minors with epilepsy http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/il-house-approves-medical-marijuana-minors-epilepsy <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Illinois House has approved legislation that would let minors with epilepsy use medical marijuana.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lawmakers voted 98-18 Wednesday in favor of the measure.</span></p><p> Thu, 22 May 2014 11:27:53 +0000 Associated Press & Hannah Meisel 23712 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Il House approves medical marijuana for minors with epilepsy Budget hearings underway in the Il House http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/budget-hearings-underway-il-house <div>Members of the Illinois House are spending Wednesday afternoon in a series of &nbsp;budget hearings. As IPR'S Amanda Vinicky reports, the House Speaker says that's meant to lead the way to an income tax vote.</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The hearings all focus on one thing: Illinois' next spending plan.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In particular, one that spends money as if Illinois' income tax rate is still 5-percent even though the rate is set to drop halfway through the next fiscal year.</span></div><div> Wed, 14 May 2014 18:28:46 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 23293 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Budget hearings underway in the Il House House committee votes to spend 100-million dollars for Obama Presidential Library http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/house-committee-votes-spend-100-million-dollars-obama-presidential-library <div>A legislative committee Wednesday voted to authorize spending a hundred million dollars to lure Barack Obama's presidential library to Chicago for the second time. IPR'S Amanda Vinicky reports.</div><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Before he became President, Barack Obama served as an Illinois state, and U.S. senator.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">He worked as a community organizer in Chicago, and taught at the University of Chicago law school.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">All reasons he might locate his presidential library and museum in Illinois.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But New York and Hawaii are also in the running.</span></p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 18:42:49 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 22609 at http://peoriapublicradio.org House committee votes to spend 100-million dollars for Obama Presidential Library 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