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Illinois State Senate

Is This School Bus Camera Bill Designed To Help Kids Or Lobbyists?

The Huffington Post | David Sands | Posted 04.26.2013 | Chicago

An automated stop sign may not be enough to slow the roll of drivers approaching an unloading school bus, so the Illinois Senate has another idea: Cam...

Old-School Politics In New-Age Community?

Better Government Association | Posted 12.05.2012 | Chicago
Better Government Association

Don Harmon's street cred as a "reformer" or progressive has to be questioned. Judged through a larger prism, Don Harmon, the state senator who represents Oak Park, isn't challenging the status quo. He is the status quo.

State Senator Arrested Over Dispute With Neighbor

Posted 06.13.2012 | Chicago

Illinois State Senator Suzanne "Suzi" Schmidt (R-Lake Villa) is in trouble with the law again, but for the first time an altercation between the repre...

Illinois Senate: Cancer Treatment Centers Don't Have To Hire Smokers

Posted 03.31.2012 | Chicago

A bill passed almost unanimously in the Illinois State Senate Wednesday would allow the Cancer Treatment Centers of America to discriminate against pe...

Joseph Erbentraut

Corruption Allegations Fly In Illinois Senate Race | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 03.17.2012 | Chicago

CHICAGO -- In a district that covers much of Chicago's West Side, two Democrats are embroiled in a nasty battle for an Illinois Senate seat that has a...

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...

Illinois Senate Approves Corporate, Individual Tax Breaks

AP | Posted 12.14.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Illinois lawmakers have approved a $330 million package of tax relief to businesses and individuals. The state Senate approved t...

Tax Relief Bill Could Keep Businesses In State, Help Struggling Families

AP | CHRISTOPHER WILLS and DAVID MERCER | Posted 02.12.2012 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Under the threat of losing thousands of jobs to other states, Illinois officials are on the verge of approving a tax-relief ...

State Senator Reportedly Bit Husband In Second Domestic Incident In Six Weeks

Posted 11.27.2011 | Chicago

First-year Republican Illinois State Senator Suzanne "Suzi" Schmidt was involved in her second domestic dispute call in just over a month at the Lake ...

Redistricting Redux: Winners, Losers And Power Players In New Maps

Posted 07.23.2011 | Chicago

Illinois lawmakers are expected to vote this week on one of the most contentious parts of their job: the decennial process of redrawing legislative ma...

Bill Protecting Microbrewers Passes State Senate

Guys Drinking Beer | Posted 07.03.2011 | Chicago

The IL Senate just voted 48-1-3 to pass Senate Bill 754, which helps define a craft brewer and a brewpub as well as retaining self distribution rights...

First Rahm, Now This: State Senator Faces Residency Questions

My FOX Chicago | Posted 06.13.2011 | Chicago

One way or another, new State Senator Annazette Collins has a problem. FOX Chicago News has found that Collins is claiming a homeowner's exemption ...

Jen Sabella

Anti-Gay Adoption Bill Voted Down In Senate Committee | Jen Sabella | Posted 06.13.2011 | Chicago

A bill that would have allowed religious organizations to deny gay couples adoption and foster care services was voted down in Senate committee Wednes...

Jen Sabella

Bill That Would Allow Religious Institutions To Prevent Gays From Adopting Still Alive In Illinois Senate | Jen Sabella | Posted 06.12.2011 | Chicago

In January, many Illinoisans rejoiced as Governor Pat Quinn signed historic legislation legalizing civil unions for gay and lesbian couples, making Il...

Mayoral Candidate Snubbed Again, As House Seat Is Given To Insider

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The cascading vacancies caused by the abrupt retirement of Senator Rickey Hendon have finally dried up, and Dr. Patricia Watkins has officially reaped...

Illinois Republican Senate Budget Cuts Are Deep, Smart Political Move?

Kyle Hillman | Posted 06.10.2011 | Chicago
Kyle Hillman

Do Illinois Senate Republicans understand they just wrote their opponents' 2012 campaign flyers?

WATCH: Sen. Rickey 'Hollywood' Hendon's AWESOME Civil Unions Speech

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Many Illinois representatives and senators stood up in recent days to voice either their support or opposition to the state's recently passed civil un...

Back To Work: Cullerton, Senate Debate Massive Borrowing Package

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

In an election season where Republicans won control of 19 state legislatures across the country, Democrats in Springfield were able to avoid getting c...

Which Barack Obama Will Show Up for the Next Two Years?

Peter Roskam | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Peter Roskam

I served with the president in the Illinois Senate. The Obama I knew then was able to drop the partisan wall separating him from a common-sense solution. I've seen less of that Obama in the last two years.

Voting Guide: Big Down-Ticket Races In Logan Square, Portage Park, Suburbs

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Illinois is in a unique position this year to have a major say in the balance of power in the U.S. Congress. With five contested House races and a nec...

Tea Party Candidate For Illinois Senate Says Black Men Prefer Drug Dealing To Education

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Republican Party leaders in central Illinois are calling on their own candidate for state senate to step down following racist remarks he made at a ca...

A Republican State Senator From Chicago? Doherty Hopes So

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Chicago's delegation to the state legislature is usually a pretty diverse group, with Irish, Polish, Hispanic and African American legislators winning...

Senate Rejects Bill To Limit Free Rides For Seniors

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Regardless of their income, senior citizens can continue riding Chicago-area mass transit for free after the state Senate Wednesday preserved what a G...

Illinois Senate Meets In Secret

Chicago Tribune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The Illinois Senate plans to meet behind closed doors this morning to hear a presentation by experts about state budgets and the national economy, a m...

Blagojevich: Obama Should Fire Rahm Emanuel (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Stuart Whatley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In his hour-long closing statement before the Illinois State Senate today, Governor Rod Blagojevich continued to traipse across the plane of outlandis...