Illinois General Assembly

State News
4:49 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Madigan creates task force to examine school funding

Illinois' longtime House speaker is forming a bipartisan task force to examine a way to fix the state's outdated school funding formula. 

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State News
6:29 am
Fri February 20, 2015

Oral arguments scheduled in Illinois pension lawsuit

The Illinois Supreme Court has announced it will hear oral arguments in the state's landmark pension-overhaul case on March 11. 

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State News
12:03 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Quinn leaves office without penning final statement

Former Gov. Pat Quinn worked right up until his successor was sworn into office last week. 

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State News
6:31 am
Thu December 4, 2014

What's been accomplished in veto session?

Legislators scurried to pass a smattering of bills Wednesday, as the veto session neared its end. Although the Senate is set to meet Thursday morning, its calendar is fairly empty. 

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State News
6:16 am
Thu December 4, 2014

More workers could have access to retirement plans

Millions more workers would have access to private retirement accounts under a proposal approved Wednesday by the Illinois General Assembly. It would require companies with at least 25 employees, which do not already offer retirement plans, to automatically enroll workers in a new type of individual retirement account.

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State News
6:33 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Lawmakers to consider measure making it harder to access government info

Illinois residents could have a harder time access government information under new legislation before the General Assembly. The plan makes it harder for people to get repaid legal costs when a government wrongfully denies access to public documents. At the same time, it makes it easier for governments to keep certain information off-limits.
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State News
5:00 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Traffic citations could help fund police cameras

Getting a traffic ticket would cost you a few extra dollars under legislation before the Illinois General Assembly.  A pair of state legislators want to increase by $6 the penalty you pay for a traffic citation, or nearly any other offense, with some of that extra money going to help for police cameras. 

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State News
4:29 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

State Senate gets new member

Wednesday, Illinois’ General Assembly will get a new member. Chris Nybo  will take the oath of office, even though the election is still several months away. Elmhurst attorney Chris Nybo will have to beat out Democrat Suzanne Glowiak of Western Springs to win a full term in the State Senate. 

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State News
6:02 am
Mon August 4, 2014

Legislation could require students be read their Miranda Rights

Summer is a time lawmakers can work on legislation that didn't move anywhere during the General Assembly's spring session. One of those proposals would require school children be read their Miranda Rights. Hannah Meisel reports.

It happens in schools across Illinois: one student pushes another in a hallway, or there's a full-fledged fight. Often, police, based on- or off-campus will come break up the altercation. That means an official police report will be filed.

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State News
7:13 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Downstate mayors want pension overhaul

Mayors from around the state addressing media in the Capitol.
Credit Lee Strubinger / Illinois Public Radio/WUIS

A couple dozen mayors from throughout Illinois came to Springfield Wednesday, calling on legislators to help fix downstate pension systems that they say are unsustainable. IPR'S Lee Strubinger reports. 

Municipalities are on the hook for paying local police and firefighters’ retirement benefits. But the pension rates are set by the state. Mayors say lawmakers have increasingly “sweetened” benefits, and that's left many pension systems severely underfunded.

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