Illinois Legislature http://tspr.org en In Illinois Legislature, A Culture Change On Criminal Sentencing http://tspr.org/post/illinois-legislature-culture-change-criminal-sentencing <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper wide" data-caption="" data-attribution="Credit flickr/meeshpants" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wuis/files/styles/placed_wide/public/201309/prisonmeal.jpg" alt="" /><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Not long ago, it seemed every time a different type of crime started making the news, members of the Illinois General Assembly would rush to increase the penalty for that offense. But today — with prisons stuffed beyond capacity and state finances ailing — lawmakers have begun taking a more deliberate approach. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 14:59:55 +0000 Brian Mackey 56248 at http://tspr.org In Illinois Legislature, A Culture Change On Criminal Sentencing More Fireworks In Illinois Next Year? http://tspr.org/post/more-fireworks-illinois-next-year An Illinois lawmaker is already looking to next year's Fourth of July.<p>State Senator Chapin Rose says he saw a lot of fireworks for sale on recent trips to Kentucky, Wisconsin and Tennessee -- and saw a lot of Illinoisans crossing the state line to buy them. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 14:28:28 +0000 Jim Meadows 56117 at http://tspr.org More Fireworks In Illinois Next Year? Deadline For Quinn To Take Budget Action http://tspr.org/post/deadline-quinn-take-budget-action <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper left" data-caption="" data-attribution="Credit Brian Mackey/WUIS" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://wuis.org/sites/wuis/files/styles/card_280/public/201405/2014-05-20-Quinn-Dems_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&#160;&#160;</span>It's the last day of the fiscal year for the State of Illinois, which means the pressure is on for Gov. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 14:43:09 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 55756 at http://tspr.org Deadline For Quinn To Take Budget Action A Hold Steady State Budget for Western Illinois http://tspr.org/post/hold-steady-state-budget-western-illinois <p>State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) and State Representative Norine Hammond (R-Macomb) feel the region won’t be helped or hurt by the state spending plan that begins July 1, 2014. Fri, 06 Jun 2014 00:27:00 +0000 Rich Egger 54438 at http://tspr.org A Hold Steady State Budget for Western Illinois General Assembly Adjourns With Much Undone http://tspr.org/post/general-assembly-adjourns-much-undone <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper wide" data-caption="House Speaker Michael Madigan addresses his colleagues at the close of the Illinois General Assembly&#039;s spring session." data-attribution="Credit Brian Mackey/WUIS" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wuis/files/styles/placed_wide/public/201405/2014-05-30-Madigan-posst-session.jpg" alt="" /><p>The General Assembly finished its legislative session shortly after midnight Saturday, approving a billion-dollar road construction program.<a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wuis/audio/2014/05/2014-05-31-adjourn-WUIS Mon, 02 Jun 2014 12:13:25 +0000 Brian Mackey 54205 at http://tspr.org General Assembly Adjourns With Much Undone