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Lawmakers in Illinois say they may try to fix the state's ailing pension system by asking current workers to pay more into the plan, though the approach faces substantial legal and political obstacles. The lawmakers are also entertaining the
Abortion measure draws accusations, T-shirt slogans at Capitol Posted by Todd Wilson at 6:45 p.m. They wore T-shirts that said Women are not livestock, but the abortion legislation they opposed advanced anyway. The House Agriculture and Conservation
State Rep. Annazette Collins will replace Rickey Hendon representing Chicago's West Side in the Illinois Senate. Collins emerged after a series of applicants made their pitches to a Democratic committee led by Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White.
Illinois Senate Republicans say the state should cut spending by as much as 17 percent this year to avoid long term deficits. The GOP senators said during a Thursday news conference that Illinois needs to cut between $4 billion and $6 billion this
Failed governor candidate Scott Lee Cohen has set his sights on a seat in the Illinois Senate. He's seeking the spot left open after controversial longtime West Side Sen. Rickey Hendon abruptly announced his resignation late last month. Cohen, a
Governments could declare some open records requests as "vexatious" and delay responding to them under a bill headed to the Illinois Senate. Local government officials said it is intended to deal with members of the public who file excessive requests
It's hard to believe I come from the same town as Ted Nugent. The way I see it, we live in a society that glorifies violence, encourages paranoia, and treats weapons like toysnot a great mix. So when I hear that tired old argument declaring guns don'
President Obama has appeared to tip his hand on Illinois' bill to end the death penalty, which Gov. Quinn is expected to act upon within the week. During an encounter with Quinn at the White House last week, the president praised the governor on the
It took two years, but Jonathon Monken finally was approved by the Illinois Senate Tuesday to be director of a state agency. But he'll be in charge of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, not the Illinois State Police. Monken's nomination,
Illinois circuit judges are being required to undergo evaluations meant to help them spot and fix any problems in their performance. The state Supreme Court announced the mandatory evaluations Tuesday. Chief Justice Thomas Kilbride says the move is