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14 New Laws in Illinois You Should Know

Reboot Illinois | Posted 11.13.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

There are dozens of new Illinois laws that went into effect recently, so the Illinois Senate Democrats released a slideshow highlighting the top 14 to...

Jim Oberweis Loses Illinois Senate Race

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 11.04.2014 | Politics

Illinois state Sen. Jim Oberweis (R) was defeated by incumbent Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) in the race to represent Illinois in the U.S. Senate on Tuesd...


The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 11.04.2014 | Politics

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) has been re-elected to represent Illinois in the U.S. Senate. Durbin ran unopposed in the Democratic primary, and defeate...

Dick Durbin Re-Elected To The Senate Over Republican Jim Oberweis

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 11.04.2014 | Politics

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) defeated Republican challenger Jim Oberweis in what was a generally one-sided contest Tuesday evening. ABC, NBC, and CBS ...

Pension Committee Compromise Sure to Displease

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 10.27.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

There is one thing I am absolutely, 100 percent sure about when it comes to the pension bill being hammered out by the Illinois General Assembly's conference committee: Whatever it is, both sides will find plenty to hate about it.

Will Quinn Campaign Get Minimum Wage Increase Back on Track?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 10.23.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

This could be an uphill battle, however, due to two statistics: Illinois already has the highest minimum wage in the region and unemployment is 9.2 percent -- second highest in the nation.

Illinois State Rep. Jack Franks Talks About His Stand Against Progressive Taxes

Madeleine Doubek | Posted 09.16.2013 | Chicago
Madeleine Doubek

As the tax debate has gone historically, most Democrats are for a progressive tax structure in Illinois. All Republicans in the Illinois House and Senate are for keeping the flat rate we currently have. Not all Democrats are for a progressive tax, though.

Legislators load up on dessert and skip vegetables

Reboot Illinois | Posted 08.07.2013 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

As has occurred far too often over the years, our elected officials ate their dessert first last week. The vegetables got pushed off the dinner table ...

Illinois House Should Pass Fair Pension Bill, SB 2404

Michael T. Carrigan | Posted 07.21.2013 | Chicago
Michael T. Carrigan

On a range of issues, our state faces tough problems that can only be solved by stakeholders and elected officials working together. The new pension reform legislation, Senate Bill 2404, shows the way.

State Senate Could Vote On Bill With HUGE Privacy Implications

Kyle Hillman | Posted 06.24.2013 | Chicago
Kyle Hillman

While you should always separate work from personal, for efficiency sake and to sometimes just be a better employee you use a personal email or a social media profile to quickly respond to a work inquiry.

Joe Walsh Touts Support For Future Senate Run

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 12.13.2012 | Politics

Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) may be on his way out of Congress after getting beaten badly by his Democratic challenger Tammy Duckworth in November, but he'...

Licenses for Undocumented Drivers Will Make Illinois Safer for All

Brian Levin | Posted 02.09.2013 | Chicago
Brian Levin

Assuming the State House of Representatives and Governor Quinn sign off, Illinois will be the beneficiary of a great public policy that will improve public safety for all: issuing driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants.

Proposed Assault Weapons Ban Shellacked In State Senate

Posted 12.19.2012 | Chicago

The Illinois Senate made its point loud and clear, handing Gov. Pat Quinn's proposed ban on assault weapons a thorough drubbing with a 49-4 vote Wedne...

Link Rape Crisis Funding to Strip Clubs

Sheila Simon | Posted 05.26.2012 | Chicago
Sheila Simon

Twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year. Those are the hours that rape crisis centers work the phones and respond to victims of rape and sexual assault across Illinois. We do not want to see a day when those phone calls go unanswered.

Did Sears Betray Illinois Lawmakers?

Posted 12.29.2011 | Chicago

Updated story Just weeks after signing a bill that gave Sears millions of dollars in tax incentives to stay in Illinois, Governor Pat Quinn reacted...

ComEd Rate Hike Likely After House, Senate Approve Bill

Posted 12.26.2011 | Chicago

Members of both the Illinois House and Senate this week approved, in veto-proof majorities, a trailer bill to ComEd and Ameren's "smart grid" legislat...

Lawmakers Pass Measure To Trim Their Own Pay

Posted 08.23.2011 | Chicago

The Illinois Senate reconvened Wednesday to vote on a handful of measures, including a 4.6 percent cut in their own pay. Four senators voted agains...

Let's Get Ready to Rumble: Illinois Senate Back in Session

Kyle Hillman | Posted 08.22.2011 | Chicago
Kyle Hillman

In Springfield, our representation is free to debate a bill however they choose, but that doesn't include making public the fact that there is a very clear conflict of interest. Think about that for a second.

Should Parents Be Taxed For Having Obese Children?

Posted 07.12.2011 | Chicago

An Illinois Senator is backing away from a suggestion he made in committee Tuesday that parents with obese children have their $2,000 standard tax ded...

Illinois Passes DREAM Act To Help Undocumented Students Go To College

Posted 07.04.2011 | Chicago

A mariachi band played at a giddy rally in the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield Wednesday afternoon, as throngs of supporters celebrated the pass...

Quinn Seeks To Buy Time To Replace Political Appointees

Posted 06.20.2011 | Chicago

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn sent back a bill passed with overwhelming majorities in both houses of the State Legislature, amending it to buy himself m...

Illinois Senate Passes Sprawling Education Reform Bill

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 06.15.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD -- A sprawling education-reform package that could lengthen the school year in Chicago, give school districts new powers to oust poorly pe...

Illinois Redistricting: Will Minorities Really See Improvements?

Kyle Hillman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Kyle Hillman

Next week, the public aspect of the state redistricting process will begin. On Monday, the largest metropolitan area gets a say, and it should be fascinating to watch.

Rickey Hendon Retiring After 'Black Political Disaster'

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

One of the most charismatic figures in Illinois politics announced his retirement suddenly on Thursday afternoon. Rickey Hendon will step down after 1...

LISTEN: Obama Jokes About Rahm, Chicago At Drake Hotel Fundraiser

WBEZ | Produced by Associated Press on Friday, October 08, 2010 | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

President Barack Obama drew laughs at a fundraiser by poking fun at Chicago politics and the loss of his chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, who quit this m...