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The Republican leader of the Illinois House wants to establish a hotline for helping victims of sexual harassment.

Illinois House Democrats endorsed a ban on firearm trigger-modifications - including bump stocks like those used in the Las Vegas mass shooting. 

Will the Cook County Soda Tax Trickle Downstate?

Oct 4, 2017

State Senator Chapin Rose says downstate Illinoisans should be concerned about Cook County’s controversial sales tax on sweetened beverages --- even though they don’t have to pay it.

The Illinois House has adopted a resolution vilifying white supremacists.

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner says he's determined to fight a "corrupt political machine in Chicago" and its "special deals" as he seeks a second term.

Local school superintendents are telling an Illinois House panel that the changes Gov. Bruce Rauner made to school-funding legislation will hurt their school districts. 

The speaker of the Illinois House has scheduled a vote for Thursday to override the governor's veto of budget package.

A major credit-rating agency has put Illinois under review for a rating downgrade even if lawmakers override Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto of a long-elusive budget deal.

 

Republican State Rep. Chad Hays, of Catlin, says he will not seek reelection for a fifth term in the Illinois House.

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The Illinois House has approved a plan aimed at initiating the sale of a downtown Chicago building housing about 2,200 state employees. The Democrat-majority House voted 67-48 in favor of a proposal to advance the sale of the James R. Thompson Center. 

The Illinois House has approved a plan to raise Illinois’ minimum wage to 15 dollars an hour. But it faces an uphill climb to become law.  A higher minimum wage has been a rallying point for Democrats and labor unions across the country.

Democrats Divided as Budget Deadline Approaches

May 29, 2017

The Illinois General Assembly is just three days away from the traditional deadline for passing a budget.  The Democratic majority in the Illinois House is wrestling with what to do.  State Representative Jay Hoffman, from Swansea, says his fellow Democrats are divided about what to cut and whether to raise taxes.

The Illinois House has unanimously approved changes to state purchasing laws that tighten changes enacted in 2009 after former Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich was impeached and imprisoned for political corruption. 

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Native Illinoisans would have an easier time changing the gender on their birth certificates, under legislation approved today in the Illinois House.  Under current law, only people who’ve had gender reassignment surgery can ask to change their birth certificates.  

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Don't toss the grammar-school composition paper yet. 

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The Democratic-controlled Illinois House has approved public funding for all abortions.  The House voted 62-55 to allow state-employee health insurance or Medicaid to cover abortions. Medicaid currently covers abortions in limited cases.  The vote capped a two-hour debate and coincided with the Illinois Women March on Springfield for a progressive agenda.

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Illinois lawmakers returned to Springfield today as state government is closing on 22 months without a budget, and prospects for an overall deal look grim.  Governor Bruce Rauner has been saying he’s heard there's good progress on an overall budget deal.  But Democrats in the Senate say they don’t know what the Republican governor is talking about. Legislators have been on a two week recess, and say no high-level meetings have been taking place.

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An Illinois House committee has cleared a proposal that would require public universities to admit first-time freshman applicants who finish with a GPA in the top 10% of their high school's graduating class.  The House Higher Education Committee passed the bill despite opposition from the University of Illinois and the Illinois Board of Higher Education.

A Democratic Illinois lawmaker wants to send a message to President Donald Trump by lifting prohibitions on state coverage of abortions.  State Rep. Sara Feigenholtz of Chicago has introduced a measure to prevent Illinois from banning abortions if U.S. Supreme Court protection is overturned. 

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  Gov. Bruce Rauner's office estimates a Senate proposal to break a nearly two-year Illinois budget deadlock would still leave the treasury billions of dollars in the red.

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Several new members of the General Assembly will take office in January. We plan to catch up with some of them to see why they wanted the job and what they hope to accomplish as lawmakers.

 

First up is Dave Severin. The Republican beat Democratic Representative John Bradley in a hard-fought campaign for the 117th House district. Illinois Public Radio's Jamey Dunn talked with Severin, a small business owner and longtime school board member from Benton. 

 

 

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The Illinois house has approved a symbolic measure expressing opposition to passing an income-tax increase during a lame-duck session when fewer votes are required and outgoing legislators don't have to worry about re-election. 

Money flows For Illinois Statehouse Campaigns

Nov 7, 2016

With less than 24 hours until Election Day, gobs of money continues to flow to campaigns for the Illinois statehouse. Only a fraction of races for the Illinois state House and State Senate are really competitive. But those that are - are throwing a lot of money toward TV ads.

The presidential race is capturing most voters' attention. But here in Illinois, there's record-breaking spending going into races for the General Assembly. Hanging in the balance is the state of Illinois, or at least its budget, anyway.

The November election will determine if the balance of power in Illinois politics tips in a direction that will help Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner carry out his agenda or whether Democrats will maintain enough seats to stand in his way. Even with that at stake, Rauner is professing a hands-off approach.

Before he was governor, Rauner was a private equity investor. He became rich by keeping a sharp eye on his investments.

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On the final day of the fiscal year, Illinois legislators passed a temporary budget. The package easily passed first the House, then the Senate today; it now goes to the governor who is expected to sign it.  The plan will send money to social service organizations that have waited since last July for payment.  

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The partial-year budget the Illinois General Assembly sent to Gov. Bruce Rauner drew only a handful of "no" votes in the House.  Democratic Rep. Jack Franks of Marengo says the piecemeal plan pushes hard choices off until after the November election. Franks is leaving the House to run for McHenry County Board chairman. He says there were no "profiles in courage". 

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Democratic leaders in the Illinois General Assembly are congratulating their colleagues for adopting a partial-year budget plan but warn that serious work remains.  The House and Senate sent Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner legislation to keep government operating for six months and schools funded for a full year.  Higher education institutions, social services providers, and government operations will get money for six months. 

Senate Democrats plan to put forward an education funding plan that increases money for public schools this fall by $750 million.  The plan would pump $286 million more into Chicago Public Schools. 

Legislators will be back in Springfield next week, on Wednesday just days before the new fiscal year begins on July first.  The House and Senate will both be in session.  It'll be the first meeting of the General Assembly since lawmakers recessed at the end of May without passing next year's budget.  They never passed one for the fiscal year that's ending, either.

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