Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed legislation aimed at combating fraudulent opioid prescriptions by requiring drug prescribers to use a database containing patient prescription histories.

Gov. Bruce Rauner is downplaying defeats in the just-ended legislative session where lawmakers voted to nix most of the Rauner vetoes they attempted to override.

The woman who claims that an Illinois Senate Democratic leader sexually harassed her wants to know why Sen. Ira Silverstein faced no repercussions until after she went public this week.

Illinois Lawmakers to Combat Sexual Harassment

Oct 24, 2017

Illinois lawmakers will consider a measure that mandates legislators, their staff, and lobbyists complete yearly sexual harassment training.

The Illinois Senate has voted to override Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto of legislation that prohibits local governments from establishing "right to work" zones.

Congressman Davis Ready for Tax Cuts

Oct 20, 2017

A central Illinois congressman is ready to vote for tax cuts.

A day after praising a tentative deal in Illinois' school funding fight, Gov. Bruce Rauner is giving it mixed reviews. 

Gov. Bruce Rauner says he will call lawmakers into special session to deal with public school funding if they don't send him legislation on the issue by Monday.

The Illinois Senate has voted to override Gov. Bruce Rauner's vetoes of a $36 billion budget plan and $5 billion income tax increase. 

An Illinois congressman says he plans to introduce legislation to name a post office after a U.S. Navy SEAL from Illinois who was killed in Yemen.

House Speaker Michael Madigan says he will call a $36.5 billion spending plan for a vote Friday while Democrats and Republicans continue to negotiate tangential issues crucial to a state budget deal with Gov. Bruce Rauner. 

Gov. Bruce Rauner has vetoed legislation prohibiting the Illinois Department of Corrections from hiring private healthcare workers. Rauner vetoed the measure Friday. He says it's unnecessary because his administration signed an agreement May 22 with the Illinois Nurses Association about subcontracting for nurses.

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The Illinois Senate's leader is promoting legislation he says will protect immigrants from Trump administration actions.  Several immigrant and anti-crime groups and labor unions joined Democratic Senate President John Cullerton of Chicago to unveil legislation he calls the TRUST act. 

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Illinois Senate President John Cullerton is still trying to arrange a floor vote Wednesday on a compromise budget plan even as loud opposition has arisen in the Capitol.  The Chicago Democrat says the massive tax-increase and spending overhaul plan he negotiated with Republican Leader Christine Radogno of Lemont is complex and the two leaders are having difficulty lining up votes for it. Cullerton says he's still pushing because it's an emergency.

The attorney general for Illinois is calling on state lawmakers to pass legislation removing statutes of limitations for child sex abuse crimes in response to the case against former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert.

An Illinois lawmaker is pushing legislation to take away former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert's taxpayer-funded state pension following his conviction in a hush-money case.

Procurement compromise needs more work

May 26, 2016

Illinois Republican Governor Bruce Rauner says the state needs to change how it purchases products and services as part of a budget deal. But Senate Republicans say a compromise that passed out of committee yesterday needs more work.  

Republican Governor Bruce Rauner is open to decriminalizing marijuana.

Rauner has a goal of reforming the criminal justice system. One way to do that, advocates say: issuing civil penalties for low-level drug charges.

The Illinois House passed a measure today that decriminalizes selling loose cigarettes to adults aged 18 and older. The legislation's sponsor says the change was inspired by the arrest and subsequent death of Eric Garner in New York. 

The Fantasy Sports Trade Association and its members which include ESPN and Yahoo, are backing legislation that would make daily fantasy games legal in Illinois. It would also characterize the contests as games of skill. 

A month and a half after the Illinois State Museum shut its doors to visitors, lawmakers have passed a measure that could lead to its reopening.  

The Fraternal Order of Police is urging legislators to override Governor Bruce Rauner's veto that could have major ramifications on state employees' next contract.  

The sponsor of legislation intended to curb heroin abuse says he'll try to override Governor Bruce Rauner's partial veto.

The Illinois House is considering legislation to free up millions of dollars in fuel-tax revenue owed to local governments. 

Gov. Bruce Rauner has returned legislation to the General Assembly that attempts to curtail heroin overdoses, fearing a burdensome cost to the state. 

Law aims to reduce exploitation of elderly, disabled

Aug 6, 2015
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Governor Bruce Rauner signed a bill into law Wednesday that aims to reduce incidences of elder abuse. 

The bipartisan legislation sponsored by State Rep. Mike Unes, R-East Peoria, allows agencies to look into financial records of people they serve with state programs. 

Unes says this will make it easier to spot and investigate incidents of banking fraud and exploitation of the elderly and disabled.

Senate President John Cullerton is proposing legislation to freeze property taxes for two years and overhaul the way Illinois funds schools.   The measure introduced Tuesday also would require the state to make the employer contribution for Chicago Public Schools' teacher pensions. Currently Chicago taxpayers cover those costs.  A spokesperson says the bill is the Chicago Democrat's attempt to acknowledge requests from Republican Governor Bruce Rauner, who's repeatedly called for freezing property taxes. 

The Illinois House has passed legislation that would make possessing small amounts of marijuana subject to a ticket instead of a criminal charge across the state.

The Illinois House has approved a measure that would grant greater access to experimental drugs for terminally-ill patients.

State Senator Chapin Rose says procurement rules put in place to address corruption during the Blagojevich era are too top-heavy and bureaucratic.