Illinois senate http://peoriapublicradio.org en Senate approves resolution calling for Il to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/senate-approves-resolution-calling-il-ratify-equal-rights-amendment <div>The Illinois Senate has approved a resolution calling for Illinois to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The resolution is part of an ongoing effort to amend the U.S. Constitution to say rights cannot be deprived based on sex.&nbsp;</span></div><p> Fri, 23 May 2014 12:01:57 +0000 Brian Mackey 23788 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Senate approves resolution calling for Il to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment U.S. Senate candidate: Republican Jim Oberweis http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/us-senate-candidate-republican-jim-oberweis <p>Voters will decide the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate.&nbsp; It's a race between two suburban businessmen, Doug Truax and Jim Oberweis. The Oberweis name is recognizable for the Illinois based dairy business his family started and still owns along with an investment firm. Oberweis, who is 67, is also known for his previous five failed campaigns.&nbsp; He won a state Senate seat in 2012. Illinois Public Radio's Sean Crawford talked with Oberweis about some of the issues and why he decided to seek higher office this year.</p><p></p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 11:24:25 +0000 Sean Crawford 19931 at http://peoriapublicradio.org U.S. Senate candidate: Republican Jim Oberweis 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 Rise in Downstate Child Abuse Raises Questions for Senate Committee http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/rise-downstate-child-abuse-raises-questions-senate-committee <p>The chair of a new Illinois Senate committee on child welfare wants answers to rising child abuse in downstate Illinois.&nbsp; I-P-R’s Patrick Smith has more.</p><p></p> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 21:16:46 +0000 Daryl Scott 11042 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Rise in Downstate Child Abuse Raises Questions for Senate Committee Shadid donates campaign funds to Bradley University http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/shadid-donates-campaign-funds-bradley-university <div>Retired Illinois State Senator George Shadid is donating his remaining campaign funds to Bradley University.</div><p> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 17:35:44 +0000 Orko Manna 10468 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Shadid donates campaign funds to Bradley University Senate hears pension reform proposal for university employees http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/senate-hears-pension-reform-proposal-university-employees <p>As lawmakers began returning to Springfield Tuesday, they had a hearing to consider the merits of yet another pension proposal. This one is aimed just at people who work for Illinois' public universities. IPR'S Brian Mackey has more.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Illinois university employees would be asked to pay two percent more out of every paycheck. And when they retired, cost-of-living increases would be just half the rate of inflation, instead of the current three percent compounded annually.</span></p><p> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 12:08:09 +0000 Denise Molina & Brian Mackey 7584 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Senate hears pension reform proposal for university employees Senate approves changes to state election law http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/senate-approves-changes-state-election-law <p></p><div>The Illinois Senate has approved a multi-faceted change to the state's election laws. The legislation is almost as notable for what it does NOT do, as for what it does. IPR'S Brian Mackey explains.</div><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The proposal would make dozens of changes to state law including online voter registration.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But until Wednesday, the legislation also would have changed how Illinois gets a lieutenant governor.</span></p> Thu, 30 May 2013 11:56:31 +0000 Denise Molina & Brian Mackey 6468 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Senate approves creation of health insurance exchange http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/senate-approves-creation-health-insurance-exchange <p></p><div>The Illinois Senate took a key step Thursday toward implementing the Affordable Care Act, also known as "Obamacare." Senators approved the creation of a "health insurance exchange." But as IPR’S Brian Mackey reports, it's still a long way from becoming law.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A health insurance exchange is at the heart of the Affordable Care Act. It's a marketplace where people who don't otherwise have insurance, like through an employer, are supposed to be able to find it.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 24 May 2013 11:57:07 +0000 Denise Molina & Brian Mackey 6151 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Senate approves creation of health insurance exchange IL Senate approves cellphone driving ban http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/il-senate-approves-cellphone-driving-ban <p></p><div>The Illinois Senate has voted to ban the use of cell phones while driving. But there are a few exceptions.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><p> Fri, 24 May 2013 01:38:32 +0000 Alex Rusciano 6137 at http://peoriapublicradio.org IL Senate approves cellphone driving ban Sandy Hook parents testify at senate committee hearing on ammunition http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/sandy-hook-parents-testify-senate-committee-hearing-ammunition <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Parents of two children killed in the Sandy Hook school massacre say it's possible their sons may be alive if the shooter had been forced to reload more often. They were on hand as an Illinois Senate committee Monday approved a ban on the sale of high capacity ammunition magazines. </span>IPR’S<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Amanda </span>Vinicky<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> reports.</span></p><p></p><p> Tue, 21 May 2013 12:58:21 +0000 Denise Molina & Amanda Vinicky 5941 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Sandy Hook parents testify at senate committee hearing on ammunition