Amanda Vinicky

Illinois Statehouse Bureau Chief
Illinois Public Media

State Senator Kirk Dillard of Hinsdale is the latest Republican candidate for Illinois Governor to make his tax returns public.

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December 9 is a significant day in Illinois' political history -- for better and for worse.

It took just a little more than a week for a pension overhaul in Illinois to go from an agreement between legislative leaders to law.

Congressman Aaron Schock (R-IL) continues to push the federal government to reverse - or at least remedy - the Affordable Care Act.

Rich Egger

The four leaders of Illinois' General Assembly have crafted a new plan for changing the state's retirement systems.

Rich Egger

A report from the University of Illinois' Institute of Government and Public Affairs lays out options for lawmakers if they want to put Illinois on a path toward fiscal stability.

State Representative Elaine Nekritz (D-Northbrook) is careful these days when she talks about the status of pension deliberations.

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Illinois is seeing results in changes the state made a couple years ago to its workers compensation system.  But a Republican lawmaker said it's still not enough.

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After plenty of squabbles, negotiating, and even name-calling, it took less than an hour for House Republicans to elect Representative Jim Durkin of Western Springs as their new leader.

A new law asks Illinois' public universities to consider making their research available for free, but it does not require it. 

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A one-time top aide in the Illinois Department of Public Health has been indicted for bribery and taking kickbacks.

Rich Egger

Illinois' auditor has found that the state's prison systems have lost 240 computers.

Scott Stuntz

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has extended the deadline for applying for recovery assistance from this spring’s flooding in Illinois.

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It could be months before anyone can actually bring a gun outside the home in Illinois under the state’s new concealed carry law.

But a separate provision of the law has already taken effect.  Beginning this weekend, communities will no longer have the ability to enact restrictions on assault weapons.

The law legislators passed for July 9 gave communities ten days to place local limits on the sale, possession, and transport of so-called “assault weapons.” 

Nicole Chen called that “ludicrous” and a decision that shouldn’t be left to the state.

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Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan said she will not seek the Democratic nomination for governor.

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