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  • The effort to limit the terms of legislative leaders in Illinois since 2007

    These are all minor variations on the same proposal: To limit the number of years any one legislator can remain in a position of leadership in the General Assembly (which I advocate for in Wednesday's print column, to come). Not...
  • House says 'Happy Memorial Day' by passing bill to help veterans

    House says 'Happy Memorial  Day' by passing bill to help veterans
    SPRINGFIELD -- The Illinois House took steps on Memorial Day to make things a bit easier for the state's veterans. Currently, veterans have to show their discharge papers or other proof of service to establish their credentials when accessing state-...

    Pension reform opposition grows

    Pension reform opposition grows
    — Efforts to develop a plan for comprehensive reform of public employee pensions hit a snag Monday as opposition intensified over a provision to shift retirement costs for suburban and Downstate teachers onto local school districts. House Speaker...

    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...