Springfield, Ill. - Lawmakers will return to Springfield Jan. 8 in response to a Dec. 18 proclamation by Gov. Pat Quinn, calling the General Assembly back to consider a 2016 election for the...
“The Illinois Constitution requires the Governor-elect to appoint a new comptroller to a four-year term. A partisan and constitutionally-dubious eleventh hour law would face a certain legal challenge and force the people of Illinois to endure a protracted and legal battle that no one wants...
Confusion relating to a change in the state’s eavesdropping law has some people up in arms. However, Senate Bill 1342, which was sent to Governor Quinn this week, is actually an improvement to what the Illinois Supreme Court recently determined was an unconstitutionally restrictive area of state law.
On Jan. 1, 2015, more than 200 new laws will take effect in Illinois touching many areas of state government from education and public safety, to transportation and wildlife. Following are a few of the notable measures taking effect when the new year begins.
"Judy Baar Topinka was one of the first politicians I ever became aware of - she was my state Senator before I came into politics. She was beautiful, funny and an independent thinker...
The 98th General Assembly largely completed its work during the fall veto session, but not without controversy.
Senate Republicans stressed that lawmakers shouldn’t move forward with major policy initiatives on partisan roll-calls during a fall “lame-duck” veto session, Democrats pushed through a number of significant and controversial measures prior to the Senate's December 4 adjournment.
Approximately 8.3 million motorists will be traveling in suburban Illinois this Thanksgiving holiday. While construction on tollways will be suspended beginning Wednesday at noon, transportation officials are urging motorists to play it safe. In 2013, 723 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes in Illinois—there were seven fatalities.
Holiday safety, the Rauner Transition Team hits the ground running, red-light cameras and fracking, in these week's Week in Review.
The first week of the fall veto session ended with lawmakers on the Senate Executive Committee advancing legislation that would increase the state’s minimum wage to $11 over the next three years.
On Nov. 19, Democrat legislative leaders pushed a measure through the Senate Executive Committee that would increase the state’s minimum wage from the current $8.25 per hour to $10 per hour on July 1, 2015.
The Senate on Nov. 20 voted 44-5-1 to override Gov. Quinn’s veto of Senate Bill 2015, legislation that increases the speed limit on Illinois toll highways to 70 miles-per-hour. Senate Bill 2015 now moves to the House of Representatives for consideration.
Despite previous speculation, it is unlikely an extension of the tax increase will be on the agenda. However, a minimum wage hike could be considered by the General Assembly, and the House of Representatives has planned a November 18 “subject-matter-only” hearing on a controversial education funding reform measure, Senate Bill 16.
Senator Christine Radogno offers her sincere thanks to the American military veterans who have answered the call to duty. As a democracy, our country stands out from other nations that have been devastated and crippled by tyranny. It was the selfless patriotism and unparalleled courage of our veterans that secured the many freedoms we enjoy each and every day.
Members of JCAR passed hydraulic fracturing rules on Nov. 6 as part of their consent agenda, which meant no debate on the issue took place during the meeting.