| Dec 3, 2012
For the third time in recent years, Illinois House lawmakers are considering whether to allow state residents to use marijuana for medical purposes. To figure out what this might mean for Illinois if this legislation is eventually enacted, the Chicago...
| May 22, 2013
| 4:00 AM
— The Illinois House's longtime gambling expansion point man has dropped his sponsorship of a casino bill to avoid a potential conflict of interest.
Democratic Rep. Lou Lang of Skokie wrote to the House clerk that he is now affiliated with a law...
| May 6, 2013
| 5:34 AM
Gov. Pat Quinn vetoed legislation Sunday that would have increased utility bills and helped Commonwealth Edison improve its electrical grid.
But the bill passed the General Assembly by healthy margins, and legislators could override the veto this month....
| Oct 15, 2012
| 5:04 AM
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is considering a new tax on every slot machine and video poker game in the county as she puts the final touches on the budget proposal she will present Thursday, aides said.
Owners of gambling devices would be...
| Feb 25, 2012
| 1:24 PM
Politicians exerted their influence at the University of Illinois to boost admissions prospects for the relatives of lobbyists, fundraisers, a union leader and other connected applicants, a Tribune investigation has found.
The first broad analysis of who...
| 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......
| Jul 19, 2012
| 2:08 PM
A state legislative committee voted 11-1 Thursday to recommend that the full Illinois House expel Rep. Derrick Smith over federal bribery charges.
“It’s with a heavy heart we take this action today,” said Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie, D-...
| May 23, 2012
| 3:03 PM
SPRINGFIELD — Shunting aside Gov. Pat Quinn’s concerns, the Illinois House today approved a major expansion of gambling in Illinois that would put a casino in Chicago and four other cities, add positions at riverboats and allow slot machines...
| May 28, 2012
| 12:59 PM
SPRINGFIELD — Powerball would be added to the mix of lottery games that Illinois offers online under legislation that squeaked through the House Monday.
The multi-state Powerball game would join Lotto and Mega Millions, the two games Illinois put...
| May 29, 2012
| 4:35 AM
— 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.
| Jun 27, 2012
| 1:13 PM
A panel of Illinois House lawmakers gathered Wednesday to begin weighing possible disciplinary action against an indicted West Side Rep. Derrick Smith, whose attorney alleged the process was politically motivated to impose punishment ahead of the November...