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High school students across the state will be trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and automated external defibrillators this fall.

In front of hundreds of firefighters at the annual Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois meeting in Normal, Governor Pat Quinn signed the law, named after high school student Lauren Laman, who died waiting for an ambulance because her classmates did not know how to use an AED.

The Illinois Legislature has approved an approximately $35.7 billion budget that Democrats acknowledge is ``incomplete.''

The Illinois House has approved legislation that funds continued work on nearly $20 billion worth of capital construction projects.

An Illinois Senate committee has approved a plan to ask voters whether the state should increase the minimum wage to $10 an hour.

The Illinois House is advancing legislation intended to get more people saving for retirement.

University of Illinois officials have worried for months that state pension reforms will push employees to retire early. But they say language inadvertently placed in pension law may provide even stronger incentive.

Avijit Ghosh  is a senior adviser to university President Robert Easter. He said at a trustees' meeting Friday that the pension law passed last year would effectively take away a year of pension benefits from about 4,000 University of Illinois employees if they don't retire before July 1. Those pensions would be reduced by up to 35 percent.

New data suggests just how big a hit most school districts would take if Illinois' income tax rate rolls back as scheduled at the end of the year.

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says he's open to delaying implementation of the pension reform while it's being challenged in court.

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Illinois gas station owners are speaking out against proposals being talked about that would increase the state's fuel tax.

Illinois voters will be asked to weigh in on at least two changes to the Illinois Constitution at this November's election.

Illinois lawmakers want to take a closer look at the Illinois High School Association.

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Illinois' financial condition continues to decline according to the state's comprehensive annual report.

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The Illinois House has agreed on a key part of the state budgeting process.

A Chicago state senator wants to mandate that firearm owners carry liability insurance.

An Illinois lawmaker has introduced legislation that'd make it illegal to smoke in a car while a child is present.

Illinois ranks last in the nation when it comes to how much money the state kicks in for public education.

A new bill in the Illinois House is aimed at public sector employees who "double dip" on pensions.

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Illinois Governor Pat Quinn will sign marriage equality legislation later this month.

A plan to increase prison time in Illinois for gun crimes hit a brick wall Thursday at the state capitol.

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Two Democratic state representatives are introducing legislation to remove the sales tax Illinois places on gasoline.

Illinois Lt. Governor Sheila Simon is urging taxpayers to comment at public hearings about funding for state-run programs and services.


Governor Pat Quinn signed a new law Monday to expand the state's Medicaid system and provide health care coverage to more Illinoisans.

The chairman of the Illinois Green Party has some ideas on how the state can generate revenues.

The Illinois State Fire Marshal wants fire sprinkler systems mandated in all new residential home construction and existing places of assembly.

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Illinois lawmakers thought they were in the clear after meeting a federal court's deadline to pass a concealed carry law Tuesday, but the Illinois State Rifle Association says that's not good enough.

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The Illinois Legislature created a special conference committee Wednesday to address the state's looming $97-Billion pension liability.

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Illinois Governor Pat Quinn met with House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton to discuss how to solve the state's nearly $100 billion pension crisis.

House Speaker Mike Madigan says he will meet with Governor Pat Quinn on Monday to talk about how to fix Illinois' $97-Billion pension crisis.

Quinn has been trying to meet with Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton since the Legislature adjourned last Friday without a pension deal.     Madigan didn't attend a meeting the governor called Tuesday.  Quinn has called lawmakers back to Springfield for a June 19 special legislative session on pensions. He says he will push legislators every day until then to forge an agreement to fix the worst-in-the-nation pension problem.

A southern Illinois lawmaker who has been fighting for a conceal carry law for most of his 18 years in Springfield says it's time for the governor to sign the legislation.

A second major rating agency is downgrading Illinois' credit worthiness.