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The Illinois Senate has approved legislation that would require students who suffer a concussion to get a doctor or trainer's permission to return to sports or class.

A proposal that would ban smoking in cars failed in the Senate today.  

Illinois could join a handful of states that allow cameras to be installed in the rooms of nursing home residents.  

The Illinois Senate has overwhelmingly approved restoring $26 million in social service and public health grants that Gov. Bruce Rauner had frozen. 

A measure in the Illinois Senate would prevent elected officials from promoting new programs and grants before an election. 

The Illinois Senate this week may vote on a plan to create a "one stop shop" for people wanting to set up businesses in Illinois.  

Illinois Senate approves 'Right to Try' measure

Apr 16, 2015
Peoria Public Radio

The Illinois Senate has approved a bipartisan measure that would allow terminally ill patients access to experimental drugs. 

Pumpkin pie could be the new official state pie of Illinois.  The Illinois House approved legislation by a 108-3 vote after a jovial debate on the topic Thursday. It now heads to the Senate. 

The Illinois State Board of Education plans to vote on a plan to feed $97 million into Illinois schools with the greatest funding needs.

An Illinois lawmaker wants to do more to stop the poaching of rhinos and elephants for their tusks.  Importing ivory into the U.S. is already illegal. Senator Linda Holmes wants to ban purchasing, bartering or intending to sell items made with ivory.

Illinois Senate leaders are on the spot to find enough votes for a proposed deal to close a $1.6 billion gap in this year's budget to save state programs and agencies from running out of money. 

A bill that would raise the minimum wage statewide has passed an Illinois Senate committee. The measure would boost the minimum wage from $8.25 to $9 on July 1 and increase it every year until reaching $11 by 2019.

Legislators are back at the capitol, where they have begun debating the prospect of a special election for comptroller in 2016. The Illinois Senate passed the measure Thursday afternoon on a partisan vote, and now it’s on to the House. 

The prospect of a minimum wage hike has the Illinois House and Senate in a standoff, and is putting Governor Pat Quinn back in the spotlight during his waning time in office.

Cullerton plans possible pension steps

Nov 24, 2014

Some Illinois lawmakers are already making plans for a new way to tackle the state’s unfunded retirement liabilities. That’s because their previous plan was struck down by a judge last week.  

The Illinois Senate has approved a resolution calling for Illinois to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. The resolution is part of an ongoing effort to amend the U.S. Constitution to say rights cannot be deprived based on sex. 

U.S. Senate candidate: Republican Jim Oberweis

Mar 11, 2014

Voters will decide the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate.  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.  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.

Push for same-sex marriage

Nov 4, 2013

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. Illinois Public Radio’s  Rich Egger has the story. 

The chair of a new Illinois Senate committee on child welfare wants answers to rising child abuse in downstate Illinois.  I-P-R’s Patrick Smith has more.

Retired Illinois State Senator George Shadid is donating his remaining campaign funds to Bradley University.

Senate hears pension reform proposal for university employees

Jun 19, 2013

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.

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.

Senate approves changes to state election law

May 30, 2013

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.

The proposal would make dozens of changes to state law including online voter registration. But until Wednesday, the legislation also would have changed how Illinois gets a lieutenant governor.

Senate approves creation of health insurance exchange

May 24, 2013

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. 

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. 

IL Senate approves cellphone driving ban

May 23, 2013

The Illinois Senate has voted to ban the use of cell phones while driving. But there are a few exceptions.  

Sandy Hook parents testify at senate committee hearing on ammunition

May 21, 2013

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. IPR’S Amanda Vinicky reports.

Senate committee approves concealed-carry legislation

May 17, 2013

An Illinois Senate committee has approved legislation that would pave the way for concealed-carry of firearms in Illinois. But gun-rights advocates say it's too restrictive, and the measure faces an uphill climb. IPR’S Brian Mackey has more:

State Sen. Kwame Raoul, a Democrat from Chicago, was trying to negotiate a compromise with gun-rights supporters. But ultimately he went his own way. 

Il Senate to vote on pension overhaul

May 9, 2013

The Illinois Senate is expected to vote Thursday on the latest proposal to fix the state's drastically underfunded pension systems. Many aspects of the plan have been put forth before in what's become a multi-year pension debate. But as Illinois Public Radio’s Brian Mackey reports, it has one element that makes it unique. 

Proposed refund for sick pet store animals

May 1, 2013

Senators in Illinois voted to give consumer protections to people who unknowingly buy a sick cat or dog from a pet shop.

Gov. Quinn not ready to back raising the speed limit

Apr 26, 2013

This week, Senators gave their okay to raising the speed limit on Illinois highways, but Governor Pat Quinn isn't so sure. IPR’S Amanda Vinicky reports. 

Drivers could legally put the pedal to the metal a BIT more under a measure recently approved by the state Senate. Cars could go 70 miles an hour on most interstates and tollways, rather than 65.

A group of addiction and drug specialists Thursday called on the Illinois Senate to reject the medical use of marijuana. IPR’S Brian Mackey has more.

Opponents of "medical marijuana" don't even like that phrase.