Downstate Congressman John Shimkus will help negotiate the final version of the Republican tax reform bill. 

A wide-ranging Great Lakes cleanup program would receive $300 million next year under a spending bill approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee.

The House has approved a measure aimed at making it easier to claim life insurance benefits when a policyholder dies. 

The Illinois Capitol was briefly evacuated following a small furnace fire shortly before lawmakers were expected to gather for a veto session.

Gov. Bruce Rauner has vetoed a plan pushed by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan aimed at protecting students who take out college loans.

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin says Congress needs to act soon to shore up the federal online health insurance marketplaces.

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin says he's concerned that President Donald Trump may follow through with his threat to force a government shutdown if Congress fails to approve money for a proposed wall on the United States' southern border.

Illinois legislators have adjourned the third day of a special session without wading into a school funding fight. 

Gov. Bruce Rauner has summoned lawmakers into special session to settle the public education funding issue weeks before the school bell is set to ring.

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.

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan says a newly approved state budget was the result of bipartisan efforts to end a "destructive" impasse that has gripped state government for more than two years. 

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has vetoed a $36 billion budget plan that includes a $5 billion income tax increase. 

As Illinois’ top political leaders struggle to end a two year budget standoff, one of them has announced she’s resigning. 

The House has approved legislation to revamp the workers' compensation system and pension programs and to make it easier for superfluous units of local government to be consolidated or eliminated.

Illinois lawmakers have directed the state's auditor general to investigate a lease deal signed by Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration. 

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner says if legislators fail to send him a budget by Friday, he'll extend a legislative special session until they "get the job done."

Senate President John Cullerton says his chamber has previously accomplished everything Gov. Bruce Rauner has outlined on a special session agenda called to force a budget deal. 

Illinois Senate President John Cullerton is urging the House to take action on the Senate-approved budget plan during next week's special session. 

The Illinois Senate has scheduled a do-over for some pieces of legislation that are part of the so-called grand bargain budget compromise.  Democrats who control the Senate used a procedure to move bills that have already been approved by the Senate back into position for votes again. 

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin says he left a meeting with Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland even more convinced he's well qualified to serve. Durbin says the Senate should hold hearings on Garland's nomination. 

IL Senate Candidate Profile: Andrea Zopp

Mar 9, 2016

With the March 15th Illinois Primary coming up next week, we’ve been speaking to candidates all across the state. There are three Democrats and two Republicans who are all vying for the position of U.S. Senate. IPR’s Niala Boodhoo recently sat down with former Chicago Urban League CEO Andrea Zopp at her campaign headquarters. Later this week, we’ll hear from another U.S. Senate candidate,  former NFL player and State Senator Napoleon Harris. 

A major anti-heroin initiative is now law in Illinois.

An Illinois Senate committee has approved legislation that would treat possession of small amounts of marijuana like a speeding ticket rather than a crime.  The measure made it through the Illinois House last week. It passed the Senate criminal law committee Wednesday with a 9-3 vote and now heads to the Senate floor.

Brian Mackey / Illinois Public Radio/WUIS

Gov. Bruce Rauner has reversed nearly 200 appointments made by his predecessor - including posts that Pat Quinn presented to ex-staff members on his way out of office. 

Durbin: GOP Senate could help Obama

Nov 5, 2014

Republicans are now poised to take control of the U.S. Senate.  Democratic Illinois U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, who won re-election Tuesday night, says a change in party control could actually aid President Obama.

Oberweis: I was outspent in US Senate race

Nov 5, 2014

State Senator Jim Oberweis says he was simply outspent in his latest campaign run.  The dairy magnate lost to incumbent Dick Durbin for the Illinois U.S. Senate seat.  Oberweis sought the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate in 2002 and 2004. He also ran for Illinois governor in 2006.  Oberweis doesn’t rule out running for another office in the future.

The Illinois Senate Tuesday approved a measure to completely change how the state's public schools are funded. The plan would shift state resources from schools with more property tax wealth to more impoverished areas. But that shift of resources creates winners and losers. Senator Dale Righter, a Republican from Mattoon, says he cannot vote to create "losers" ... even if his area would benefit from the change.

After a weekend break, legislators begin to return to Springfield Monday as the calendar draws closer to the scheduled May 31st adjournment. IPR'S Amanda Vinicky catches us up.

While the end of the month is a key date, it's another one, about a half a year away, that will largely guide much of what happens these next few weeks: the election.

Proposal gives translators for Illinois jurors

May 7, 2014

Jury duty could soon be open to people who are not fluent in the English language. The Illinois Senate Wednesday a pilot program to provide translators for jurors.

Caterpillar to testify Tuesday on offshore taxes

Mar 31, 2014

Caterpillar says it acts ethically and complies with all federal and state tax laws.  That’s part of the message company Finance Services Vice President Julie Lagacy plans to deliver at a U-S Senate investigative panel Tuesday.