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  • Tension running high earlier than usual at Capitol

    Tension running high earlier than usual at Capitol
    Nerves are frayed at the Capitol earlier than usual this year as state lawmakers careen from political pressure points to governmental crises.
  • Illinois could allow 17-year-olds to vote in primaries

    Illinois could allow 17-year-olds to vote in primaries
    Gov. Pat Quinn and other prospective governor candidates next year might be targeting a new voting group during the Democratic and Republican primary elections: 17-year-olds. The Senate on Wednesday sent to the governor a measure to allow 17-year-olds...

    No driving with a lapdog law fails in state Senate

    No driving with a lapdog law fails in state Senate
    SPRINGFIELD—The Illinois Senate barked down a bill that would have banned Fido and other pets from being in the lap of a driver while on the road, but the vote came only after Democrats managed to nip at Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney...

    Illinois Senate approves gay marriage

    Illinois Senate approves gay marriage
    SPRINGFIELD — The Democratic-led Senate delivered a Valentine’s Day victory to gay and lesbian couples today, passing legislation for the first time that would allow same-sex marriage in Illinois. The gay marriage measure now goes to the...

    On the 'Scholarship' list in Springfield

     
    Where do our lawmakers stand on the issue of legislative scholarships -- those tuition waivers that members of the state house and senate have traditionally been allowed to dispense to constituents? As part of the renewed effort to abolish that...