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Legislation to allow Chicago police to use drones for surveillance of large crowds has failed in the Illinois House. 

An Illinois House panel has endorsed a proposal expanding the use of medical marijuana to fight the state's opioid crisis.

A showdown between two Democratic measures to close the wage gap ended with Illinois senators rejecting one considered more business friendly.

Gov. Bruce Rauner says Democrats are moving too slowly on budget negotiations.

Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration has delivered a report on reconstruction of the Quincy veterans' home beset by deadly Legionnaires' disease.

Senate OKs Raising Smoking Age From 18 to 21

Apr 25, 2018

The Illinois Senate has voted to raise the smoking age from 18 to 21.

Members of the Illinois House and Senate Veterans Affairs Committees are urging Gov. Bruce Rauner to deliver a plan by Friday for remedying a Legionnaires' disease crisis at the Quincy veterans home. 

A measure is awaiting action from Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner that would end the state's participation in a controversial multi-state voter registration database.

The House has approved a plan pushed by the Democratic state comptroller to require Illinois governors to pay employees from their budgets, not those of other agencies. 

Illinois lawmakers are considering legislation to better protect state workers in vulnerable jobs after the death of a child-welfare worker was beaten last fall.

The Illinois Senate is urging Gov. Bruce Rauner to reject a presidential call to send National Guard troops to help secure the U.S.-Mexican border.

Illinois House Republicans are lashing out at a Democratic suggestion that the state should adopt a graduated income tax.

The Illinois state comptroller is releasing $350 million to public school districts statewide as part of the newly approved education-funding overhaul. 

A plan to close the wage gap between men and women sailed through the Illinois Legislature last year, but Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed it. Now, the measure is back.

The Illinois State Board of Elections will hold public hearings on the state's automatic voter registration system before it takes effect this summer. 

Gov. Bruce Rauner is seeking "common ground" with Republicans on divisive issues after barely surviving an insurgent challenge in Tuesday's election.

In the 18th Congressional District race Republican incumbent Darin LaHood walked away with 79 percent of the vote over Don Reints. LaHood will look to retain his seat in the November election running against repeat Democratic contender Junius Rodriguez. Rodriguez won 42 percent of the vote in a three-way race yesterday against Brian Deters and Darrel Miller. 

The number of voters casting early ballots for the Illinois primary has far exceeded the number who voted early four years ago.

A judge has ordered that 15 percent of U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush's congressional salary be garnished to pay for more than $1 million he owes on a delinquent bank loan.

The Illinois House has approved state licensing of firearms dealers and requiring that those buying assault-style weapons wait through a 72-hour "cooling off" period before taking delivery. 

The Illinois Senate is endorsing a plan to require children to ride in rear-facing car seats until age 2.

An ex-campaign worker for Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan's Democratic organization has been arrested for allegedly violating a protective order.

Early voting will be delayed at least one more day in Lake County.

Senate President John Cullerton is urging Gov. Bruce Rauner to propose a budget plan that's balanced.

An Illinois House committee has delayed voting on plans to change how hospitals receive Medicaid dollars as two Chicago hospitals say a revised formula could force them to close. 

The state's education chief says that the $350 million boost promised to public schools this year will be distributed beginning in April. 

An outspoken Holocaust denier is likely to appear on the November ballot as the Republican nominee for a Chicago-area congressional district.

Republican Governor Bruce Rauner likely considered the upcoming election while crafting the state of the state address he gave Wednesday. There's a host of Democratic candidates vying to unseat him - and a single Republican who says she wants to get him out the way during the primary this March. 

The state's education agency wants to hire a "storyteller" to relay "amazing" stories from Illinois' public schools while lawmakers are still trying properly fund them. 

At least three Democratic congressmen from Illinois are boycotting President Donald Trump's first State of the Union address. 

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