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A credit ratings agency is disappointed that the Illinois legislature adjourned without taking action on lowering pension costs.

A legislative committee says there's enough evidence for the Illinois House to punish state Representative Derrick Smith.

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The budget now before the governor includes funding to keep the Tamms Super Maximum security prison open along with the Illinois youth Center in Murphysboro and the Murray Developmental Center in Centralia.

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Illinois legislators adjourned their spring session early Friday Morning -- 90 minutes past their midnight deadline.

A house committee today is schedule to consider an amendment to a bill that would place a 2-year moratorium on Hydraulic Fracturing in the Illinois.

An Illinois House committee today approved a new Republican plan to control state pension costs.

If you have cable T-V, you're already paying a five percent fee that goes to state government.  Now state lawmakers are looking to impose the same fee on satellite TV providers.

Illinois lawmakers continue to wrestle with the state's soaring pension costs.  The General Assembly is set to adjourn Thursday, yet it remains unclear which, if any, of the various proposals to reduce pension costs will pass.  Unions are fighting efforts that would reduce benefits for state workers, university employees, and public school teachers.   But many lawmakers, including House Speaker Michael Madigan, say an overhaul is necessary.  They point to Illinois' $83 billion unfunded pension liability that continues to grow.  Madigan talks with Illinois Public Radio's Amanda Vinicky about

Illinois lawmakers have approved restricting public universities from using state funding or tuition money to cover costs of campus job searches.

Two lawsuits filed Wednesday are part of efforts to legalize same-sex marriage in Illinois.

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While much of the attention at the state capitol has been on pension and Medicaid reform,  southern Illinois lawmakers have been working to try and keep the state's only super maximum security prison open.

The Illinois House is considering a six-percent cut to state universities in next year's budget. That's nearly double the reduction in the budget plan that passed the Senate last week.

The dollar amount of the cuts would vary depending on the size of the institution:

For the three campuses of the University of Illinois ... in Urbana, Chicago and Springfield ... that amounts to a reduction of more than $42 million dollars.

Southern Illinois University would lose more than 14-point-seven million dollars.

In honor of Memorial Day. the Illinois House of Representatives paid tribute to Illinois military personnel who died in the past year.

Some parts of Illinois are approaching the three-digit temperature mark as well as near drought conditions.

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The Illinois General Assembly passed legislation Thursday that makes severe cuts in Medicaid, the health care program for the poor. Though the measures had broad support from both Republicans and Democrats, several lawmakers spoke out against the reductions.

Lawmakers in the Illinois House voted to slash health care for the state's poor.

The Illinois Senate passed its version of a state budget Wednesday.

There's a broad consensus that Illinois' next budget will cut two-point-seven billion dollars from the state's program of health care for the poor, Medicaid.

Earlier this week, it looked like a deal was near. But yesterday, a crucial voting bloc started backing away.

Representative Monique Davis and other African-American legislators say cuts to Medicaid would disproportionately affect their constituents.

Mayors from around the state gathered at the Illinois Capitol Wednesday to urge legislators not to divert their local revenue.

A push to make Illinois schools adopt more thorough policies to prevent bullying fell short in the state Senate Tuesday.

Proposed legislation supported by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has been filed in Springfield that would cut nearly $1.4 billion from the state's Medicaid program.

The Illinois Senate is considering a change to the state's minimum wage law.

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Child care providers and home care workers who receive subsidies from the state gathered in Springfield Tuesday.

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Illinois would become a worldwide hub for online gambling if the president of the Illinois Senate has his way.

The Illinois Senate has approved a plan to consolidate nearly 25%  of Illinois' Regional Offices of Education.

A measure that would make it easier for prosecutors to obtain information about a defendant's H-I-V status is making its way through the Illinois legislature.

As college students prepare to take out federal loans for school, Congress will decide how much interest they'll be paying. The interest rate on the popular Stafford loans is set to double in July unless lawmakers take action.

Illinois businesses are fighting legislation that would force them to disclose key financial information.

Illinois business leaders didn't back Governor Pat Quinn when he was running for office but now they're touting his proposals to overhaul the state's pension system.

The Illinois Senate has agreed to end the practice of letting lawmakers hand out free college educations to their constituents.

Democratic Governor Pat Quinn is asking business leaders to help him pass legislation that will require harsh cuts for union members and poor families.

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