Legislative Watch

Senate committee approves marijuana fine legislation

SPRINGFIELD – Legislation that would make the possession of small amounts of marijuana punishable by a fine has been approved by an Illinois Senate committee. Officials say Senate criminal law committee members passed the measure in a 9-3 vote on Wednesday.  The legislation’s sponsor, State Representative Kelly […]

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Illinois Senate endorses legislation on concussions

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Senate endorsed legislation on Thursday to require students who have suffered a concussion to seek permission of a doctor or trainer before returning to sports or class. “Overly exercising your brain exacerbates concussion symptoms,” said state Sen. Kwame Raoul, D-Chicago. “So it’s really […]

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Rauner to City Council: State can’t ‘bail out Chicago’

Gov. Bruce Rauner ruled out a state bailout of Chicago in a tough-love address to the City Council Wednesday as daily negotiations continued behind-the-scenes with his friend and former business associate, Mayor Rahm Emanuel.It was the first time in anyone’s memory that a sitting governor had addressed […]

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Illinois Senate Race: Some Democrats Fretting Over Drop In Black Voter Turnout

As Democrats prepare to mount a campaign to oust Republican incumbent Sen. Mark Kirk in Illinois, racial politics are coming into play. Democratic Rep. Tammy Duckworth has officially tossed her hat into the ring. She’s the first Asian-American woman elected to Congress from Illinois, and the first […]

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Illinois Senate advances Silver Alert legislation

SPRINGFIELD — A system to find missing adults who have wandered off because of Alzheimer’s or dementia is advancing in the Illinois Legislature. The so-called Silver Alert measure, which would be similar to the Amber Alert program for tracking missing children, is headed for further debate in […]

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Attorney General Lisa Madigan Unveils New Plan to Beef Up Illinois Data Breach Law

Attorney General Lisa Madigan unveiled a new plan to beef up Illinois’ data breach law, after 67 million personal records were hit last year. Consumers here are already protected by a state law requiring companies to notify customers of a data breach. But that 2005 law has not […]

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Illinois governor takes a local approach to right-to-work

CHICAGO — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed an executive order earlier this month that effectively created a right-to-work system for government employees in the state. But the move — which bars public-sector unions from automatically collecting fees from nonunion workers — is just the latest and boldest […]

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Senate Democrats introduce bill to plug part of budget hole

(AP) — Democrats in the Illinois Senate on Tuesday introduced a plan that would allow special funds to be used to help plug part of a $1.6 billion budget hole, a proposal that Gov. Bruce Rauner’s deputy chief of staff immediately rejected as a “half-baked” attempt at […]

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Legislation fights Illinois’ heroin problem

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois lawmakers outlined a plan to fight a heroin epidemic Monday, including a controversial proposal to loosen penalties on heroin abusers. Read more…

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Rauner appoints Kelly to commission aimed at reducing prison population

St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly is one of 28 people appointed by Gov. Bruce Rauner to serve on a new commission that will study ways to reform the state’s criminal justice system. Read more…

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