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State News
6:56 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Senate approves changes to state election law

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.

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State News
6:57 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Senate approves creation of health insurance exchange

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. 

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Government
8:38 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

IL Senate approves cellphone driving ban

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

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State News
7:58 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Sandy Hook parents testify at senate committee hearing on ammunition

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.


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State News
7:22 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Senate committee approves concealed-carry legislation

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. 

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State News
6:53 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Il Senate to vote on pension overhaul

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. 

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Government
7:26 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Proposed refund for sick pet store animals

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

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State News
6:44 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Gov. Quinn not ready to back raising the speed limit

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.

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State News
6:22 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Group calls on Senate to reject use of medical marijuana

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.

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Government
10:11 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Flash mob measure passes IL Senate

Anyone convicted of using social media to plan or incite a mob attack could face tougher punishment under legislation approved by the Illinois Senate.

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