Illinois Legislature

A lawmaker says children of public university employees should not receive a tuition break.

Currently, students can get half of their tuition paid for by the state if one of their parents works at a public university. Rep. Jack Franks, a Democrat from Marengo, says he wants to make college more affordable for everyone, but higher education budget cuts make the tuition waivers impossible to maintain.

The Budget Address from Bruce Rauner

Feb 18, 2015
Brian Mackey

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner delivered a half-hour budget address to state lawmakers Wednesday.

The State of the State Speech from Bruce Rauner

Feb 4, 2015

Here is the text of Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner’s State of the State speech, delivered during the noon hour Wednesday in Springfield:

Today marks a new beginning for Illinois. 

And a new partnership between the General Assembly and the governor. 

Last November, voters made it clear they want bipartisan government. They want a government where people come together to solve problems and get things done. 

They don’t want partisan bickering, political infighting or personal conflict to get in the way of serving the needs of the families of Illinois. 

Illinois General Assembly

Counseling that tries to change a person's sexual orientation can cause depression, anxiety, and self-destructive behavior, according to reports from psychologists.

(Scott Stantis)

This week's inauguration of Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner marks a change in leadership for lawmakers and employees at state agencies. But it's also a big transition for people who will deal with the new governor in a very different capacity over the next four years: political cartoonists.

A new class of legislators were sworn into office Wednesday, making the start of a new, two-year legislative session. It's also the official beginning of a new period in Illinois politics.

With Republican Bruce Rauner in the governor's mansion, Illinois will have a divided government for the first time in a dozen years.

Governor Pat Quinn said he will sign into a law a measure the Illinois House and Senate rapidly approved Thursday.

Illinois lawmakers missed a Jan. 1 deadline to approve a state-run health insurance exchange under the Affordable Care Act. Without its own exchange, the state forfeits millions of federal dollars while leaving consumers vulnerable to paying more for insurance.

Illinois was facing dual deadlines last month when lawmakers made a final effort to create its own marketplace. The first was the looming New Year---which they blew past last week, losing out on as much as $270 million.

New Illinois Law Bans Police Ticket Quotas

Jan 6, 2015

Some police departments in Illinois could be issuing fewer tickets in the new year. 

A new state law went into effect that aims to get rid of ticket quotas.

Few police departments would ever admit to having a target number of tickets officers have to write each month. Even if there's no official policy in place, some police departments still follow a loose system.

Wiki Commons

Taking a bad breakup to the Internet could result in a felony conviction.

Rauner: Voters were Misled on Sorry State Finances

Dec 2, 2014
Brian Mackey

Illinois Governor-elect Bruce Rauner told reporters the state's finances are in terrible shape.

TSPR's Rich Egger

Illinois lawmakers are considering whether to continue allowing same-day voter registration. 

Illinois residents could have a harder time accessing government information under new legislation before the General Assembly. 

The plan, SB2799, makes it harder for people to get repaid legal costs when a government wrongfully denies access to public documents. 

At the same time, it makes it easier for governments to keep certain information off-limits.

It looks like Illinois lawmakers will allow the temporary higher income tax rate to expire January 1.

Legislators passed a law overhauling the state's retirement systems. Soaring pension debt remains a concern. The law's constitutionality is also in question. It reduces workers' and retirees' benefits, and raises the retirement age.

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