| Apr 22, 2013
| 5:32 PM
SPRINGFIELD — People who want to carry a concealed weapon in Chicago and elsewhere in Cook County would get an extra layer of scrutiny under legislation being drafted in the Illinois Senate, according to the authors of the proposal.
| Apr 28, 2013
Less than two months into his first term, state Rep. Scott Drury introduced two bills he hoped would address a persistent failure of the state's justice system — wrongful convictions.
Drury, a former federal prosecutor, represents part of Lake...
| Mar 20, 2013
| 6:47 PM
— State lawmakers continued to dance around the question of how to fix the state's heavily indebted government worker pension system Wednesday, with the latest two-step unfolding in the Illinois Senate.
A comprehensive measure aimed at erasing the...
| Feb 1, 2012
| 4:32 PM
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......
| Oct 15, 2011
| 7:50 AM
It’s the old saying: The numbers don’t lie.
One look at the fare increases that were proposed by Metra’s staff last month, and it was clear that something was out of kilter.
Metra riders pay by distance traveled. Why should riders...
| May 26, 2011
| 7:40 PM
Dems moving ahead with workers compensation overhaul
After months of tense negotiations, Democratic lawmakers have unveiled a sweeping proposal to change the state's workers compensation system, a move business groups have long asked for as a way to...
| Jun 22, 2011
| 7:09 PM
With Wisconsin poised to allow people to carry concealed weapons in public, gun advocates have made Illinois -- the last holdout -- a prime target in their campaign to give citizens unrestricted rights to carry weapons.
Illinois has been one of their...
| Jun 22, 2011
| 12:57 PM
SPRINGFIELD --- Gov. Pat Quinn today stood solidly today behind his opposition to allowing concealed weapons in Illinois even though Wisconsin is on the verge of becoming the 49th state with some form of such a law.
“We must ensure the safety of...
| Mar 8, 2011
| 12:52 PM
5 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Greg Jarrett
6:09 a.m. Illinois State Rep. Brandon Phelps (d-Harrisburg), the primary sponsor of a bill that would allow Illinoisans to carry concealed weapons, tells Greg Jarrett why he wants this to become law.
7:09 a.m. Illinois...
| Mar 30, 2012
SPRINGFIELD — A local government that gives an ex-lawmaker a fat paycheck would have to pick up the costs of any automatic increase in his state pension under a proposal the House passed overwhelmingly Thursday.
House Republican leader Tom Cross of...
| Jun 22, 2012
| 4:53 PM
Gov. Pat Quinn on Friday signed a measure into law that revives good time credit for non-violent offenders who complete drug treatment, job training or rehabilitation programs while behind bars.
The move comes more than two years after Quinn suspended...