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15 Illinois State Legislators Who Opted Out of Their Health Insurance Plans

Reboot Illinois | Posted 09.02.2016 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Illinois state legislators have the same entitlement to health insurance as people with most other jobs in the U.S.; this is part of their compensation for voting on and writing state laws.

Gov. Rauner Clashes With Illinois Senate Black Caucus Over Budget

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 05.09.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Things were going fairly smoothly for Gov. Bruce Rauner as he met with lawmakers to sell his budget reforms. But things went off the rails when Rauner hosted the Senate Black Caucus, writes Rich Miller of Capitol Fax.

Show Your State Pride With... Bacteria?

The Huffington Post | James Cave | Posted 04.03.2014 | Weird News

State legislators like to claim official symbols for nearly everything. There are state birds, state dinosaurs, even a state question (New Mexico's ...

ALEC: The New-and-Improved Political Corruption

Barbara J. Easterling | Posted 05.21.2014 | Politics
Barbara J. Easterling

Over the last 41 years, ALEC has worked tirelessly to tear down many of the programs and protections Americans, particularly seniors, have come to rely on, and only recently have many of their objectives come to light.

ALEC Energy Director Misleads the Wall Street Journal

Gabe Elsner | Posted 06.02.2013 | Green
Gabe Elsner

In Friday's Wall Street Journal story, "States Cooling to Renewable Energy," ALEC Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force Director Todd Wynn claimed, "I have not received one dime to work directly on renewable-energy mandates."

Progressives Begin Turning the Tide at 2011 National Legislative Summit

Tim Judson | Posted 10.12.2011 | Politics
Tim Judson

The primary story that emerged from this year's NCSL summit was one of common sense prevailing over the economically disastrous and socially divisive proposals that have received so much of the spotlight in the states this year.

Did Your State Legislator Go To College?

Posted 08.13.2011 | College

Should state lawmakers all be college graduates, or should they have about the same level of education as the people they represent? The Chronicle ...

So Many Guns, 6-Year-Olds Now Threaten Life

Paul Helmke | Posted 06.21.2011 | Politics
Paul Helmke

Police continue to investigate how a 6-year-old armed himself, but here's something that's already clear. Guns are so easy to get, they can end up in the hands of a 6-year-old, turning the confines of an elementary school into a zone of discord.

Smash Unions? It Never Even Occurred to Me

Mark Steinberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Mark Steinberg

The House of Representatives has just voted emergency funds for building a fence around the state of Ohio.

Some States Respond to Recession with Work-Family Policies

Julie Schwartz Weber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Julie Schwartz Weber

In 2009, state legislators across the country have been instrumental in trying to help American families regain their footing. There is some good news.