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The Illinois House has approved a measure to provide back pay to thousands of state workers who've been waiting for it since 2011.

The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports the bill passed the House Thursday. It now moves to the Senate.

A bipartisan group of Illinois legislators has introduced a bill that would reinstate the death penalty for convicted mass murderers and killers of first responders.

Southern Illinois Democratic State Rep. Jerry Costello helped craft the bill. He says the death penalty is the ultimate crime deterrent.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Illinois Lawmakers Host Jak Tichenor about action in the General Assembly. One week remains in the Spring Legislative Session.

When a new employee is fingerprinted for a job in Illinois, the employer receives a snapshot of their criminal record, and they receive notifications for any future run-ins with the law in the state. But lawmakers are considering a proposal that would also allow employers to be notified of convictions that happen across state lines.

A group of school superintendents is suing Gov. Bruce Rauner and the State of Illinois seeking more than $7 billion for schools.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Illinois Lawmakers Host Jak Tichenor about the latest from Springfield.

Illinois Lawmakers airs at 7:30pm Fridays in May on WSIU TV.

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A professor at the SIU School of Law says ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment is the right thing for the State of Illinois to do.

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Gov. Bruce Rauner Monday asked the Illinois General Assembly to reinstate the death penalty for mass murderers and those who kill law enforcement officers.

The proposal is part of a public safety initiative the Governor unveiled in an amendatory veto of House Bill 1468.

Former Illinois Governor Jim Edgar says the state won't be able to deal with long standing problems this year because of the election.

Speaking at an NPR Illinois forum in Springfield Thursday - Edgar commented on the partisan atmosphere at the statehouse.

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Ongoing budget talks at the Illinois Statehouse have shown no real sign of progress.

This week, Senate Democrats pressed Governor Bruce Rauner’s administration this week to explain its proposal to shift pension costs to local school districts.

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Illinois lawmakers recognized some special guests in the chambers Wednesday: Sister Jean Delores Schmidt and a few of the Loyola Ramblers.

The Loyola Ramblers busted a lot of brackets and captured the hearts of many when the men’s basketball team, as an 11 seed, made it all the way to the Final Four in the NCAA March Madness tournament.

With time against them, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner and top  leaders met again Tuesday morning to talk about adopting a budget before next month.

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lllinois' 3 million Medicaid users will soon have more access to mental health and substance abuse treatments.

Officials in Washington, D.C. ok’d a new state program that sets aside about $2 billion in Medicaid funds for the services.

The Illinois Senate passed a measure that is designed to shed more light on fracking.

The bill would close loopholes in the state's regulation and provide the public with information about well locations and chemicals to be used in the fracking process.

An Illinois bill would allow veterans organizations to install gambling machines in communities that would otherwise prohibit them.

The Illinois House and Senate passed a measure Thursday that would require the governor to disclose his total office staff ... and pay them all from his own payroll.

It started as an initiative called the "Truth in Hiring Act" ... which came from Comptroller Susana Mendoza, a Democrat up for re-election.

Several Illinois legislators are pushing to bring more construction jobs to the state. A plan under consideration in the House would award tax credits to companies that put up new buildings or improve existing structures. 

Governor Bruce Rauner has a track record of handing the toughest topics to small bipartisan panels of legislators.

These so-called working groups have been tasked with solving the budget, pensions, and criminal justice reform. And weeks after the Florida mass shooting, he formed a working group on public safety. But like the others, that group meets in private.

The head of the Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs is resigning.

Erica Jeffries has been in charge during multiple Legionnaires' disease outbreaks at a Quincy veterans' home.

A long-fought battle between state government and the AFSCME union came to the forefront again Thursday.

State government workers from the union rallied at the capitol to call for periodic raises they say the state owes them.

Illinois lawmakers are turning to marijuana to fight opioid abuse.

The Senate voted Thursday to allow doctors to prescribe medical marijuana as an alternative to opioids.

The Illinois General Assembly was unable to override Governor Bruce Rauner’s veto of a measure to license gun shops. The deadline passed Wednesday.

People caught texting and driving on Illinois roadways could risk losing their licenses under a measure being considered by state lawmakers.

The Illinois Senate is voting to give home care workers a raise.

Workers in the state's Community Care Program make about 11 dollars an hour. Senator Mattie Hunter of Chicago is sponsoring the bill bringing them up to nearly 20 dollars an hour starting July first, saying they play a vital role in caring for the elderly.

Illinois State Police are urging Firearm Owners Identification card holders to apply early as many come up for renewal.

Illinois officials say they delivered personal data involving more than 4,000 people to incorrect addresses.

A statement Friday indicated that 4,136 clients of the Departments of Human Services or Healthcare and Family Services Friday have been notified of the breach.

The Illinois House Friday failed to pass legislation meant to protect health insurance benefits under Obamacare.

The measure would prevent Illinois from seeking waivers from the federal law's requirements - like the one that say insurance companies cannot exclude people with pre-existing conditions.

Legislation that would separate SIU Carbondale and SIU Edwardsville has passed out of a House Committee.

Illinois lawmakers are considering legislation that aims to address mental health parity in the state.

Passing a state budget is arguably the most important thing the Illinois General Assembly does every year — or at least should do every year.

After last year's drama — when a two-year standoff ended with a Republican revolt against Governor Bruce Rauner — it's an open question about how things will go this year.

So I set out to answer a simple question: Will there be another impasse?

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