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  • Democrats: Illinois schools could face major cuts 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 7:08 pm
  • SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Most of Illinois' 860 school districts would see cuts in funding if the state's temporary tax increase is rolled back as scheduled, according to a document being circulated as part of Illinois Democrats' campaign to preserve the tax hike and push to update the state's school funding formula.

  • Investigator wants tougher legislative ethics laws 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 4:49 pm
  • SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Job recommendations and university application referrals from Illinois lawmakers should be tracked and publicized after clout-related scandals at the University of Illinois and the Metra transit agency, the General Assembly's top ethics officer said Friday.

  • GOP lawmaker objects to 9-0 vote for Obama library 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 2:23 pm
  • CHICAGO - At least one Republican lawmaker says he's filing a protest after an Illinois House committee recorded a 9-0 vote to commit $100 million to bring President Barack Obama's library to Chicago, even though only five Democrats - and none of the committee's four GOP members - were there.

  • Illinois gives early OK to $100M for Obama museum 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 5:19 pm
  • CHICAGO - Even though Chicago is where Barack Obama got his start in politics, first lady Michelle Obama grew up and the Obamas still call their hometown, state and local officials aren't taking for granted that the Windy City will land the president's official library.

  • Legislative hearing on Chicago casino underway 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 12:23 pm
  • CHICAGO - Anti-gambling advocates say plans calling for more casinos in Illinois will incur social costs.

  • Chicago-only casino option to face opposition 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 9:17 pm
  • SPRINGIFELD, Illinois - An Illinois lawmaker's proposal to expand gambling in Chicago, but not the rest of the state, will be the focus of a day of hearings that could get heated.

  • Ill. House orders new audit of anti-violence funds 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 4:14 pm
  • SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Illinois lawmakers are seeking a new audit of anti-violence spending under Gov. Pat Quinn after a review in February found "pervasive" mismanagement in an earlier program.

  • Ill. House panel plans daylong gambling hearing 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 4:04 am
  • CHICAGO - An Illinois House committee is planning a daylong hearing on gambling expansion in the state.

  • Closer Look: Tough tax votes loom in Illinois 
    Updated: Apr-13-14 12:32 pm
  • SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Faced with an expected $3 billion budget hole from an expiring income tax increase, Illinois lawmakers are grappling with whether to raise taxes to avoid major cuts to schools and social services next year.

  • Voters to decide on 2 constitutional amendments 
    Updated: Apr-11-14 3:05 pm
  • SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Voters in Illinois will be asked whether to amend the state constitution in at least two different ways.

  • Illinois Senate approves ban on ticket quotas 
    Updated: Apr-11-14 11:10 am
  • SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Legislation that would ban police departments from issuing quotas on tickets has been approved in the Illinois Senate.

  • Correction: XGR-Retirement Savings story 
    Updated: Apr-10-14 6:31 pm
  • SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - In a story April 9 about proposed retirement savings accounts for private-sector workers, The Associated Press reported erroneously in the first sentence that the program cleared the Illinois Legislature. It cleared the Senate.

  • Amendment protecting Ill. voters to go on ballot 
    Updated: Apr-10-14 4:31 pm
  • SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Illinois voters will consider a constitutional amendment this fall aimed at scuttling attempts at voter suppression after Senate action Thursday.

  • Illinois House OKs ridesharing regulations 
    Updated: Apr-10-14 3:17 pm
  • SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Legislation creating rules for unregulated rideshare companies such as Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar is moving through the Illinois Legislature.

  • Illinois House speaker cleared in transit probe 
    Updated: Apr-10-14 3:11 pm
  • SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - An investigation into whether Illinois' powerful House speaker improperly influenced hiring at Chicago's scandal-tarnished Metra commuter rail agency found no legal violations, according to the Democratic lawmaker's office.

  • School funding proposal advances, changes likely 
    Updated: Apr-10-14 1:17 pm
  • SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Legislation that makes sweeping changes to Illinois' public school funding is progressing in the Illinois Senate, but changes are likely before it could become law.

  • Bill would guard against denial of disaster aid 
    Updated: Apr-10-14 8:34 am
  • SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Draft legislation would require the state to step in with disaster aid if the federal government denies requests for help.

  • Bill helps districts fill teaching vacancies 
    Updated: Apr-10-14 7:24 am
  • SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Legislation helping southern Illinois school districts fill teaching vacancies with recently retired teachers is advancing in the state Legislature.

  • Illinois House leader halts millionaire tax plan 
    Updated: Apr-09-14 6:17 pm
  • SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - An effort to increase taxes for Illinois millionaires is on hold after the state's powerful House speaker couldn't get enough votes to push his plan through the Democratic-controlled Legislature, and he's blaming Republicans who "prefer and protect millionaires over school children," his spokesman said Wednesday.

  • Change in Illinois' GPS monitoring law advances 
    Updated: Apr-09-14 1:43 pm
  • SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - A bill that would let law enforcement officials use GPS tracking on people with a restraining order is advancing in the Illinois Legislature.

  • Illinois Legislature OKs Chicago pension overhaul 
    Updated: Apr-08-14 7:37 pm
  • SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - State lawmakers on Tuesday approved Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's proposal for overhauling two city pension programs that officials say could otherwise be out of money in little more than a decade.

  • Quinn won't say if he'll sign Chicago pension bill 
    Updated: Apr-08-14 3:25 pm
  • CHICAGO - Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says he's glad Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel removed language imposing a property tax hike from legislation to address the city's pension crisis.

  • School funding plan advances in Illinois Senate 
    Updated: Apr-08-14 3:11 pm
  • SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - A proposal to dramatically overhaul the state's school funding formula and allocate more money to poorer districts moved ahead in the Illinois Senate on Tuesday. The regionally divisive issue, however, likely faces a tough road in gaining support from both parties in both chambers.

  • Ill. Senate OKs proposal lowering probation time 
    Updated: Apr-08-14 6:58 am
  • SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Legislation that would decrease a criminal's time on probation if they pursued further education is moving through the Illinois Legislature.

  • Illinois House OKs IHSA hearings 
    Updated: Apr-07-14 8:02 pm
  • SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - The Illinois House has narrowly approved legislative hearings looking into how the Illinois High School Association operates.