- Business groups, injured employees weigh in on workers' comp Updated: May-05-15 2:22 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Business groups and injured employees are weighing in as Illinois lawmakers debate whether to make changes to the state's workers' compensation insurance program.
- Gambling hearings bring expansion talks back into spotlight Updated: May-04-15 8:41 pm
CHICAGO - With a budget deadline to attempt closing a roughly $6 billion shortfall weeks away, top Illinois leaders and lawmakers are putting the spotlight on revenue-generating plans to increase the number of casinos and slot machines in the state.
- Illinois lawmakers seek to boost state's coal industry Updated: May-01-15 10:56 am
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - A coalition of lawmakers from downstate Illinois say they plan to introduce legislation to spur growth in the state's coal industry.
- Illinois Senate approves bill on student concussions Updated: May-01-15 10:17 am
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - The Illinois Senate has approved legislation that would require students who suffer a concussion to get a doctor or trainer's permission to return to sports or class.
- Illinois lawmakers consider ban on crib bumper pads Updated: Apr-26-15 5:04 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Illinois lawmakers are again considering a ban on crib bumper pads along with a proposal to set state safety standards for the product.
- Bill would allow Illinois students to opt out of state tests Updated: Apr-24-15 9:47 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - As new standardized tests tied to the Common Core standards spark debate around the country, the Illinois Legislature is considering a bill that lays out exactly how students can opt out of the state assessment tests.
- Illinois House OKs time limit on storing license plate data Updated: Apr-24-15 1:35 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - The Illinois House has passed a measure that restricts how long law enforcement agencies can keep data collected by automated license plate readers.
- Illinois lawmakers fast-track OKs for Obama, Lucas museums Updated: Apr-23-15 7:27 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - With fast-track votes, Illinois lawmakers pushed through legislation Thursday to ensure that Chicago can use public park land as a potential site for President Barack Obama's presidential library, while also paving the way for Star Wars creator George Lucas' proposed museum on the city's lakefront.
- Bill would punish marijuana possession with fine Updated: Apr-23-15 5:26 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - 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.
- Judge sentences ex-lawmaker, says politicians 'don't get it' Updated: Apr-23-15 5:25 pm
CHICAGO - A federal judge sentenced a former state lawmaker on Thursday to five months in prison for pocketing a $7,000 bribe, chiding Illinois' political class for not appearing to grasp the pitfalls to themselves and the state of corruption.
- Illinois Senate OKs restoring $26M in Rauner grant cuts Updated: Apr-22-15 5:14 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - The Illinois Senate has overwhelmingly approved restoring $26 million in social service and public health grants that Gov. Bruce Rauner had frozen.
- Measure would prevent politicians from promoting programs Updated: Apr-22-15 4:58 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Illinois politicians would be barred from promoting new programs or state grants for 60 days before an election under proposed legislation.
- Illinois House passes limited ban on red light cameras Updated: Apr-22-15 2:25 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - The Illinois House has approved a proposed ban on red light cameras in certain communities.
- Bill to extend medical marijuana program passes House Updated: Apr-21-15 5:59 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Legislation extending Illinois' medical marijuana program beyond 2017 has passed the Illinois House despite some recent opposition from Gov. Bruce Rauner.
- Study: Exelon subsidy would cost $1.6 billion over 5 years Updated: Apr-21-15 4:24 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - A plan to financially reward Exelon Corp. for producing no-carbon energy and potentially save three Illinois nuclear plants from closure would cost ratepayers $1.6 billion over five years and strain budgets for financially strapped businesses and municipal governments, a study released Tuesday found.
- Correction: Sex Trafficking story Updated: Apr-21-15 3:39 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - In a story April 15 about legislation in the Illinois Senate, The Associated Press erroneously reported the vote on a measure approving additional protections from prosecution for victims of sex trafficking. The vote was 55-0, not 55-9.
- House OKs bill that would change Illinois specialty plates Updated: Apr-21-15 8:58 am
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - The Illinois House has overwhelmingly approved a bill that would change the way the state creates specialty license plates.
- GOP's Darin LaHood favored in race to replace Schock Updated: Apr-20-15 8:07 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - The son of former federal cabinet member and longtime congressman Ray LaHood remained the overwhelming favorite Monday as the field took shape for the special election to replace disgraced former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock in a heavily Republican central Illinois district.
- Rauner trying to broker mega-deal in Illinois Legislature Updated: Apr-18-15 12:56 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Seizing on Illinois' budget crisis as a political opportunity, Republican businessman-turned-governor Bruce Rauner is trying to broker a master deal to advance his pro-business priorities through the Legislature in exchange for new revenue to save programs near and dear to the Democrats.
- Illinois House OKs bill to create bobcat hunting season Updated: Apr-18-15 12:23 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Legislation to create a bobcat hunting season has advanced in the Illinois General Assembly.
- Illinois Senate passes 'Right to Try' measure Updated: Apr-16-15 5:05 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - The Illinois Senate has approved a bipartisan measure that would allow terminally ill patients access to experimental drugs.
- House approves pumpkin as Illinois' official state pie Updated: Apr-16-15 4:22 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Pumpkin pie could be the new official state pie of Illinois.
- Amtrak: Proposed budget cut means less service in Illinois Updated: Apr-16-15 1:37 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - An official with Amtrak says service reductions in Illinois will happen if budget cuts proposed by Gov. Bruce Rauner are approved.
- 'Right to Try' measure passes Illinois House Updated: Apr-15-15 4:31 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - The Illinois House has approved a measure that would grant greater access to experimental drugs for terminally-ill patients.
- State panel strips ex-Illinois lawmaker Farnham's pension Updated: Apr-15-15 11:56 am
ELGIN, Illinois - A state panel has stripped former Illinois state Rep. Keith Farnham's pension after he was convicted of federal child pornography charges.