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  • Members of secret legislative groups ID'd

    Members of secret legislative groups ID'd
    I recently obtained a document distributed by Gov. Bruce Rauner's office detailing the membership lists and meeting times and locations of the secret state legislative "working groups."
  • New law allows Illinois universities to conduct hemp research

    New law allows Illinois universities to conduct hemp research
    Illinois universities can legally grow industrial hemp now, but it may be a while before seeds are planted. A new law, effective Jan. 1, allows state institutions with four-year agriculture degrees to research hemp with a license from the Illinois...

    Illinois lawmakers opened door to risky CPS bond deals

    Illinois lawmakers opened door to risky CPS bond deals
    The legislation paving the way for Chicago Public Schools to issue $1 billion in risky debt arrived on the Senate floor with little explanation. The sponsor, Sen. John Cullerton, told fellow lawmakers that his grasp of the bill was limited. "I hope...

    State paying 6-figure pension to ex-teachers union lobbyist

    State paying 6-figure pension to ex-teachers union lobbyist
    — A former lobbyist for a powerful teachers union is reaping a $100,000-a-year state pension thanks to wide-ranging retirement legislation sponsored nearly six years ago by her former boss, House Speaker Michael Madigan, and his legislative allies....

    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...