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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. 

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. 

There are signs key portions of the corruption case against former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock may be at risk of unraveling.

The Illinois Senate has OK'd a revised Medicaid funding plan for hospitals. 

There's a new plaque at the state capitol in Springfield commemorating President Barack Obama's 2016 speech to lawmakers in the Illinois House.

Downstate Congressman John Shimkus will help negotiate the final version of the Republican tax reform bill. 

The House has approved a measure aimed at making it easier to claim life insurance benefits when a policyholder dies. 

The Illinois Senate has voted to override Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto of legislation that prohibits local governments from establishing "right to work" zones.

Gov. Bruce Rauner has vetoed a plan pushed by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan aimed at protecting students who take out college loans.

Two Republican legislators won't seek re-election next year. 

Illinois legislators have adjourned the third day of a special session without wading into a school funding fight. 

Gov. Bruce Rauner has summoned lawmakers into special session to settle the public education funding issue weeks before the school bell is set to ring.

The House has approved legislation to revamp the workers' compensation system and pension programs and to make it easier for superfluous units of local government to be consolidated or eliminated.

Illinois lawmakers have directed the state's auditor general to investigate a lease deal signed by Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration. 

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner says if legislators fail to send him a budget by Friday, he'll extend a legislative special session until they "get the job done."

Illinois Senate President John Cullerton is urging the House to take action on the Senate-approved budget plan during next week's special session. 

Prosecutors are asking a judge to deny requests from former Illinois U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock to throw out his corruption case. Prosecutors say Schock's reasons for dismissing the charges against him are "meritless." They made their argument in a filing in U.S. District Court in Springfield.

A special election for the office of Illinois comptroller is almost surely on the horizon. Democratic members of the Illinois General Assembly hurried Thursday to pass a measure setting it up.  

Schock to serve on House Budget Committee

Dec 11, 2014

18th District Congressman Aaron Schock was appointed to the House Budget Committee. The Republican also serves on the Ways and Means Committee. He fills the Budget Committee seat left by Congressman Paul Ryan, who will chair the Ways and Means Committee.

The Illinois House has approved legislation that would allow psychologists to prescribe medicine. Doctors had long opposed sharing that privilege with another profession. But the groups finally found a compromise.

After a weekend break, legislators begin to return to Springfield Monday as the calendar draws closer to the scheduled May 31st adjournment. IPR'S Amanda Vinicky catches us up.

While the end of the month is a key date, it's another one, about a half a year away, that will largely guide much of what happens these next few weeks: the election.

A State House committee is advancing a plan to use 100 million dollars to build Barack Obama’s presidential library in Illinois.  But one Republican says the vote may have been illegal.  

Same-sex marriage will soon be legal in Illinois. The House narrowly approved legislation Tuesday, and Governor Pat Quinn says he'll sign it into law. The vote came after months of intense lobbying. As Illinois Public Radio’s Brian Mackey reports, both sides claimed they were fighting for individual freedom.

         

Rev. Jesse Jackson on government shutdown

Oct 8, 2013

The Reverend Jesse Jackson had some tough words for House Republicans over the government shutdown Tuesday. IPR'S Alex Keefe reports.

CHANTS: Call the vote! 

IL concealed carry measure heads to Gov. Quinn

May 31, 2013

Both the Illinois House and Senate have approved legislation allowing people to carry guns in public. Illinois, under threat of a court order, is poised to be the last state with such a law. IPR’s Chris Slaby has more.

IL House approves cellphone driving ban

May 29, 2013
(Brian Mackey/Illinois Public Radio)

It's now up to Governor Pat Quinn whether "hang up and drive" will become law in Illinois. The House gave final approval Tuesday to a measure that would make it illegal to talk on a hand-held phone while driving. Representative John D'Amico, a Democrat from Chicago, says talking on the phone while driving has been linked to traffic accidents.

IL House pushes for its pension overhaul

May 28, 2013
(Brian Mackey/Illinois Public Radio)

Members of the Illinois House continued pushing for their version of a pension overhaul Tuesday. The Democratic leaders of the House and Senate remain deadlocked over the best approach to fixing Illinois $100 billion pension problem. The latest twist could affect how public school teachers' pensions are funded. IPR’s Brian Mackey has more.

IL House approves concealed carry plan

May 24, 2013
Brian Mackey, IPR.

The Illinois House Friday approved legislation that would let gun owners carry concealed firearms in public.  But as IPR’s Brian Mackey reports, the governor says he'll work to "stop it in its tracks."

State measure would increase drunk driving penalties

May 14, 2013

House Republicans in Illinois have introduced a measure that would increase the penalties for hired drivers who work while drunk. Violators would be charged with a felony, which is punishable with up to three years in prison. Representative Dennis Reboletti, a Republican from Elmhurst, says currently only school bus drivers can be charged with felony DUI's.   Other hired drivers who are caught drinking while driving can only get a misdemeanor charge.  Reboletti says that isn't tough enough.

IL House approves flash mob measure

May 10, 2013

The Illinois House has approved legislation that would impose tougher punishment on anyone convicted of using social media to plan or incite a mob attack.

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