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U.S. Supreme Court won't review Illinois 'felony murder' law

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear an appeal challenging a controversial state law that allows someone to be convicted of murder if a death occurs during the commissi... — Updated 11/26/2019


Chicago casino bill appears stalled; legalized marijuana clean-up in question

Two major issues that lawmakers were expected to deal with during the fall veto session regarding a Chicago casino and the upcoming legalization of adult use recreational marijuana... — Updated 11/14/2019


Lawmakers gearing up for final week of veto session

Illinois lawmakers will return to the Statehouse on Tuesday, with all eyes waiting to see what, if any, action will be taken on ethics reform in the General Assembly. But a host of... — Updated 11/12/2019


Amtrak ridership hits record highs on two Illinois lines

Amtrak routes that connect Chicago to St. Louis and Milwaukee saw record numbers of riders in the federal fiscal year that ended Sept. 30 while the national passenger rail system... — Updated 11/11/2019


Manar to push bill making Daylight Saving Time permanent

If Sen. Andy Manar has his way, people in Illinois would move their clocks ahead one hour this coming spring, then never have to change them again. Manar, D-Bunker Hill, said in a T... — Updated 11/7/2019


Senate GOP bill would give inspector general more autonomy

Republicans in the Illinois Senate unveiled a bill Wednesday that would give the legislative inspector general independent authority to launch investigations and issue subpoenas, so... — Updated 10/31/2019


Pritzker's veto of Obamacare protection bill survives in Senate

The Illinois Senate voted Wednesday to sustain Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker's veto of a bill that would have prohibited him, or any future governor, from seeking federal approval... — Updated 10/31/2019


Chicago Teachers Union pushes bill to redirect district funds

Chicago Teachers Union representatives are asking lawmakers for legislation that would force Chicago Public Schools to direct more of its state funding to services aimed at... — Updated 10/29/2019


Support building for ban on red-light cameras

SPRINGFIELD – Bipartisan support appears to be building in the Illinois General Assembly for a statewide ban on red-light cameras. Those are devices that some municipalities... — Updated 10/10/2019


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