A Chicago City Council committee is recommending that the city's police department study devices that will tell officers immediately if motorists were texting when they got into a traffic accident. 

A special election for the office of Illinois comptroller is almost surely on the horizon. Democratic members of the Illinois General Assembly hurried Thursday to pass a measure setting it up.  

Illinois state lawmakers are advancing a bill that would make it harder for public officials to collect retirement benefits after they’re convicted of a felony.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan joined Caterpillar officials in Mossville Thursday to tout state legislation on the governor’s desk. Madigan’s office helped draft a measure that cracks down on so-called ‘patent trolls.’ That’s the practice of sending letters demanding money from businesses, falsely claiming the business violated a patent. Madigan says the new law also allows Caterpillar to continue sending letters to businesses that might be violating Cat’s patents and using their technology:

IL Senate advances education funding overhaul

Apr 10, 2014

Republicans in the Illinois Senate say a school funding overhaul is being rushed through the General Assembly.

People who post internet video of themselves committing violent crimes could start spending more time behind bars.

IL House advances pension plan

May 30, 2013

Colleges and universities would assume the cost of their employees' pensions under a proposal advancing in the Illinois House Thursday.

State measure would increase drunk driving penalties

May 14, 2013

House Republicans in Illinois have introduced a measure that would increase the penalties for hired drivers who work while drunk. Violators would be charged with a felony, which is punishable with up to three years in prison. Representative Dennis Reboletti, a Republican from Elmhurst, says currently only school bus drivers can be charged with felony DUI's.   Other hired drivers who are caught drinking while driving can only get a misdemeanor charge.  Reboletti says that isn't tough enough.

IL House approves flash mob measure

May 10, 2013

The Illinois House has approved legislation that would impose tougher punishment on anyone convicted of using social media to plan or incite a mob attack.

IL House passes tanning bed measure

Mar 21, 2013

A proposal that would keep teens out of tanning beds is one step closer to becoming law in Illinois. The House voted 67 to 49 to approve the measure, which prohibits anyone under the age of 18 from using a tanning bed.