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  • What they didn't teach you in civics class about how some bills become law

     
    Q. Is there really "a little-known process" in Illinois government "in which the legislative leadership and special-interest groups determine which bills are debated and which ones aren't"? A. Kinda, yeah. The allegation comes from a recent Voice of the People
  • 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...

    Ratify the ERA more than 30 years past the deadline? Heck, yes! Why not?

     
    In December 1972, the Tribune urged the General Assembly to ratify the proposed federal Equal Rights Amendment with an editorial headlined, “Give the ladies what they want.” The wording was a play on the unofficial founding motto of Marshall...

    Rauner's 'turnaround budget' has cuts called 'reckless,' 'wrong priorities'

    Rauner's 'turnaround budget' has cuts called 'reckless,' 'wrong priorities'
    Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner on Wednesday dubbed his first spending plan a “turnaround budget” for a financially shaky state, but Democrats rebuffed his proposed cuts to health care for the poor, government worker pensions, state universities,...

    Illinois Senate approves, Rauner signs short-term budget fix

    Illinois Senate approves, Rauner signs short-term budget fix
    The Illinois Senate on Thursday approved a measure that would resolve the state’s short-term budget woes, even as larger money problems loom over the rest of the spring session. The product of months of negotiations between Republican Gov. Bruce...