By Scottie Thomaston - What will the Republican Party do after the Supreme Court issues the Prop 8 and DOMA decisions? - Governor Quinn of Illinois has called for a special session of the General Assembly in June; it’s possible but uncertain marriage equality could be on the agenda. - The Delaware senate has approved [...]
THE BIG FAIL Who is to blame for last week's epic collapse in the Illinois General Assembly? Certainly there was some ego involved, as...
By Scottie Thomaston Late Friday, the Illinois House adjourned without passing the senate-passed marriage equality bill. In the preceding days, it had been reported that May 31 was going to be the final day of the session, and if the House declined to take up marriage equality, it wouldn’t be until the fall at the [...]
With those words the President of the Illinois Senate asked the clerk of the chamber torecord the votes on Senate Bill 26, as amended, the bill which would put Illinois in the column of states that will, come January 1, 2014, offer Medicaid coverage to all low-income state residents.
On the final day of the current legislative session, the Illinois General Assembly is scrambling to pass pension reform, concealed carry, and marriage equality bills. But DePaul is getting its McCormick Place arena. [ more › ]
By Scottie Thomaston The Illinois General Assembly adjourns tomorrow, leaving the state house with only the next two days to pass the marriage equality bill. The state senate passed the bill on Valentine’s Day and since then, legislators have been wrangling privately over the vote: 60 votes are required for passage, and it’s expected to [...]
We covered the background of Illinois' budget- and state economy-crushing pension crisis in our last post, but with the Illinois General Assembly scheduled to adjourn at the end of Friday, things are changing quickly.
The current legislation making its way through the Illinois General Assembly is loaded with pork barrel projects, instructions for how to distribute revenue from expanded gambling in the Prairie State and finding plenty of open palms waiting to be greased. [ more › ]
As the Illinois General Assembly votes this week on the state's increasingly suspect fracking bill, residents affected by similar operations in Pennsylvania and in Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota took the extraordinary step of releasing letters warning of a "public health disaster" in the making.
The world is not just watching the unfolding fracking bill debacle at the Illinois state capitol. As the Illinois General Assembly votes this week on...
House Bill 1 may not be the top priority for the General Assembly when it comes to passing legislation before the summer recess, but it's on its way to Gov. Pat Quinn's desk and, with it, medicinal marijuana appears to...
With one month to go in the spring General Assembly session, the BGA is pushing hard for reforms that create a more just, accountable and efficient Illinois government.
Both Quinn's budget director and chief of staff didn't mince words and said the budget is a result of the General Assembly's unwillingness to tackle Illinois' pension crisis. [ more › ]
The Illinois state Senate is scheduled to vote today on whether or not to legalize same-sex marriage. The Religious Freedom and Marriage Equality Actis expected to pass, as Democrats have a supermajority in the General Assembly. When Illinois lawmakers tried to pass marriage equality in January, a variety of high-profile personalities stepped forward to endorse [...]
The Illinois Senate will vote Thursday - Valentine's Day - on whether to legalize same-sex marriage. Because Democrats have supermajority control of the General Assembly, the measure is expected to be approved. After the Senate vote, the measure would be considered by the House. Gov. Pat Quinn, a Democrat, has indicated he would sign the [...]
The Illinois General Assembly passed legislation to establish a “lower tier” driver’s license for people who can’t provide proof of lawful presence within the United States. It now awaits Governor Pat Quinn’s (D) signature. The Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police calls the bill is “unsafe,” because it lacks “basic public safety and homeland security [...]
After the Illinois General Assembly failed to bring a bill amounting to a near-total statewide gun ban in last week's lame duck session, Rahm Emanuel said today he isn’t willing to wait any longer for new gun control laws. Emanuel told...Show More Summary
Illinois’ newest General Assembly began Wednesday with the swearing into office of not one, but three Democrat legislators facing criminal charges. One might expect in a state with such a history of sending governors to prison, there would be a real initiative underway to stop the corruption, or least stop electing the corrupt. Show More Summary
SPRINGFIELD --- A new Illinois General Assembly is being sworn in today, and after the ceremony and celebrations are over, lawmakers will face a full plate of unresolved issues in the month ahead.
State Sen. Heather Steans and Rep. Greg Harris are introducing bills legalizing same-sex marriage today, the first day of the new session of the Illinois General Assembly. A vote had originally been planned for last week, during the lame-duck legislative session, but not enough support could be counted on to push it through. “The time [...]