$38.5B budget passes; courts get same amount as last year

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois lawmakers on both sides of the aisle passed a budget Thursday that they say is balanced and won’t raise taxes. However, the courts won’t see a funding increase despite requests from the chief justice.

May 31, 2018 | Relevance: 20%

Last year’s abortion law acts as a budget hurdle this year

SPRINGFIELD — A controversial law enacted last year allowing tax dollars to be used on abortion procedures could imperil votes on this year’s state budget, which lawmakers have until Thursday to approve.

May 30, 2018 | Relevance: 27%

New FOIA exclusions not retroactive, Illinois Supreme Court rules

SPRINGFIELD — A government agency cannot rely on the new version of Illinois’ Freedom of Information Act to deny requests that were eligible when filed, the state’s high court decided Thursday.

May 29, 2018 | Relevance: 27%

Judge denies GOP party extras to maverick state Sen. McCann

A federal judge has turned back state Sen. Sam McCann’s gambit to get back a share of Republican party resources he claims have been wrongfully diverted.

May 21, 2018 | Relevance: 23%

Overriding Rauner’s veto, Worker Protection Unit bill heads to House

SPRINGFIELD — The state Senate voted Wednesday to override Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of Senate Bill 193, which would create a “Worker Protection Unit” within the Attorney General’s office to prosecute cases in which the Prevailing Wage, Minimum Wage and Day and Temporary Labor Acts are violated, among others.

May 18, 2018 | Relevance: 30%

Edelson to Senate: To stop sexual assault, fix defamation law

SPRINGFIELD — An attorney involved in a federal class-action lawsuit against Aurora volleyball coach Rick Butler outlined new rules he said will stymie the “epidemic” of sexual assault instances in youth sports.

May 16, 2018 | Relevance: 22%

PAC pushes abortion funding law as issue in gubernatorial race

SPRINGFIELD — House Bill 40, which allows tax dollars to be used on abortions, re-emerged this week as a sticking point in the state’s gubernatorial race.

May 11, 2018 | Relevance: 30%

Democrats need GOP votes to approve equal rights measure

SPRINGFIELD — To approve new language for the U.S. Constitution codifying that rights cannot be denied due to gender, state representatives need to wrangle conservative votes — and they are calling on Gov. Bruce Rauner for help.

May 10, 2018 | Relevance: 30%

State senator pursues lawsuit over denial of GOP party perks

SPRINGFIELD — Republicans have claimed that state Sen. Sam McCann, who launched a third-party bid for governor this month, is “being used” by Democrats, setting him up to split GOP votes in November. As punishment, the caucus withheld his access to taxpayer-funded staff resources.

May 2, 2018 | Relevance: 20%

Senate OKs proposal to hike tobacco age to 21

SPRINGFIELD — Chicago and several suburbs led the push against tobacco over the last four years, passing laws raising the minimum age to purchase products including cigarettes, e-cigarettes, vapes and chewing tobacco.

May 1, 2018 | Relevance: 22%
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