• 3/19/2019
    Illinois Democrats are one step closer to repealing legislation requiring that a minor consult her parent or guardian before getting an abortion. The bill, sponsored by Chicago Sen. Elgie Sims, Jr., passed out of a Senate committee Tuesday without Republican support after about an hour of testimonies and debate.
  • 3/19/2019
    The twin bridge on Interstate 80 that spans the Des Plaines River has garnered recent media attention after state inspectors in a report early last year described sections of it as “critical,” “intolerable” and a “high priority for replacement.” Tuesday, the House Transportation Committee brought a panel of three witnesses to discuss the bridges’ conditions.
  • 3/19/2019
    A state lawmaker is looking to give voters the authority to force their locally-elected school boards into resource-sharing agreements with other districts for certain administration offices and functions. While the bill allows for districts to share superintendents, other administrators and services, it exempts principals and assistant principals.
  • 3/19/2019
    The Illinois Supreme Court has rejected a bid to give a different sentencing to former Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke for the 2014 on-duty killing of Laquan McDonald. Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul and special prosecutor Joseph McMahon argued the case’s trial judge, Vincent Gaughan, gave an improperly lenient sentence of six years and nine months.
  • 3/19/2019
    Officials in charge of managing the Illinois Medicaid program told state lawmakers they are focused on improving services and reducing the program’s cost to taxpayers, but that will depend on whether lawmakers are willing to impose a new tax on insurance companies.
  • 3/19/2019
    Illinois lawmakers are looking to phase out a system which allows certain employers to pay disabled persons far less than the statutory minimum wage that applies to all other state workers. “There’s a real sincere drive here to just get right with history,” said Ryan Croke, executive director of the Illinois Network of Centers for Independent Living.
  • 3/18/2019
    State Treasurer Michael Frerichs, a Democrat, said Monday he supports legislation in the General Assembly that would prohibit state banking regulators for punishing banks or credit unions that provide basic banking services to legitimate cannabis-related businesses. He also wants changes to federal laws.