A group continues its push to have Illinois voters weigh-in on changing the way state political districts are drawn.  The goal is to put a constitutional amendment on the ballot that would create an independent committee, instead of lawmakers, to draw legislative maps. Cindy Canary is the executive director of the Independent Maps group.  She says they hope to gather twice the required number of valid signatures, which would be about 600,000:

The Illinois House Tuesday held a moment of silence in honor of Decatur Mayor Mike McElroy.

He recently died in a car crash, while driving himself to the hospital for a medical emergency. McElroy was 63.Democratic Representative Sue Scherer, who is from Decatur, led the reflection.

State representatives have returned to Springfield to re-consider a temporary budget.  A vote is scheduled for Thursday.

IL lawmakers cant caps on pain pill bottles

Mar 18, 2015

Illinois state Representative Rob Martwick wants to require locking caps on bottles of prescription pain pills. The caps would have a combination lock that only the person prescribed the medication would know. Martwick says it would prevent people addicted to opioids from having access to the drugs.

Crafting a budget is never easy. Lawmakers will have nearly $2 billion less to work with as they craft next year's. 

Illinois lawmakers sworn-in

Jan 14, 2015

Democrats have had a monopoly on state government the past twelve years. But the election of Republican Governor Bruce Rauner will bring the GOP back to the table. As lawmakers were sworn in Wednesday, House Republican Leader Jim Durkin called on both parties to join together:

Republican Bruce Rauner spent his first full day as Illinois' governor at the Statehouse, where his agenda included leading a meeting with the General Assembly's four legislative leaders.

Legislators will be back in Springfield Thursday for a special session. They're set to debate holding a special election for the office of Comptroller. But other ideas are on the table too.

IL lawmakers out…for now

Dec 4, 2014

Illinois legislators are done with their work, until Republican Bruce Rauner becomes governor next month. Members of the Illinois House finished their work this week, and after a morning of debate, the state Senate adjourned Thursday afternoon.  

Ridesharing regulations approved by IL lawmakers

Dec 3, 2014

The Illinois General Assembly has approved legislation that would regulate ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft.

The Illinois General Assembly has voted to make same-day voter registration a permanent feature of Illinois elections.

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A statewide coalition is calling for state lawmakers to raise the minimum wage during veto session. The group, Raise Illinois, wants the legislature to increase the wage to 10 dollars an hour from $8.25 an hour.

State lawmakers return to Springfield Tuesday

Apr 28, 2014

Illinois lawmakers return to Springfield Tuesday after two weeks away. The top issue this spring remains whether to let the temporary tax increase drop at the end of the year as scheduled, or vote to keep the income tax rate at five percent. 

IL looks to stop voter suppression

Apr 1, 2014

As other states enact stricter voting restrictions, Illinois lawmakers are looking to protect against suppression. A House committee Tuesday advanced the constitutional change.

Republican members of the Illinois House seeks to limit the power of so-called "lame duck" legislators.

Simon pushes for school funding change

Jan 14, 2014

Illinois ranks last in the nation when it comes to how much money the state kicks in for public education. This has to do with the complicated formula that determines school funding. There’s a move to change how that's done.

Leading state lawmakers take up pension overhaul

Nov 11, 2013

Overhauling Illinois' pension systems is no longer in the hands of the special committee of legislators that met all summer.  How to reduce the state’s $100 billion of long-term pension debt is now in the hands of the General Assembly's four leaders. 

Lawmakers tweak mandatory minimum gun bill

Nov 6, 2013

Illinois lawmakers are whittling down legislation that would increase the minimum prison time for some people convicted of illegal gun use.  

Judge ruling: state lawmakers should get paid

Sep 27, 2013

A Cook County judge had harsh words Friday for Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, saying state lawmakers should get their paychecks again.  IPR’s Tony Arnold explains.

No August paychecks for state lawmakers

Jul 25, 2013

Illinois lawmakers will not get their paychecks for the month of August.  

IL Lawmakers continue pension talks

Jul 11, 2013

Governor Pat Quinn may have rebuffed legislators' efforts at finding a pension solution and cancelled their pay.  But lawmakers key to negotiations are continuing talks anyway.  IPR’s Amanda Vinicky reports: 

When the Governor cut legislators' salaries as a sort of punishment for their not passing a measure to bring down the state's pension costs, he didn't pick and choose. There was no mercy for legislators who had voted for controversial pension plans - including one Quinn had supported - but which didn't fully advance. Nor did he make an exception for the legislators who've attended countless meetings as part of special panels formed by the Governor.

Legal questions for cutting lawmakers' pay

Jul 10, 2013

Legal questions surround Governor Pat Quinn's bold move Wednesday to strike legislators' salaries out of the state budget.  It's an unprecedented one --- though somewhat similar to an action taken by Quinn's predecessor, Rod Blagojevich.  IPR’s Amanda Vinicky has more:

State lawmakers to return for special session

Jun 6, 2013

Illinois lawmakers will be back in Springfield later this month as Governor Pat Quinn has called a special session. The governor said he wants legislators to, quote, "finish their job for the people of Illinois", and reach a deal on pension reform.  IPR’s Chris Slaby has more: 

IL concealed carry talks continue

May 29, 2013

Legislators are continuing to negotiate as they seek an agreement on concealed carry legislation.

Lawmakers consider creating state Highway Commission

Apr 3, 2013

  The annual ICAT transportation conference included a panel on state funding for  transportation projects. Some state lawmakers say there are better ways to fund infrastructure projects than by passing an occasional massive construction bill. Democratic senator Martin Sandoval chairs the senate transportation committee.  He says he supports forming an independent highway commission to regulate infrastructure funding like other utilities: