Attorneys for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, or MALDEF, have filed an amended complaint in federal court in a lawsuit that seeks to block a newly-enacted legislative redistricting plan from going into effect.
Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Thursday signed a measure aimed at increasing affordable housing investment in Illinois, as well as a measure expanding the state’s low-income energy assistance program.
Many Illinois-based firearm dealers and ammunition sellers have in the last 16 months ridden a wave of ups and downs as demand for guns and accessories has soared, creating shortages, delays and higher prices.
Here's what you might have missed this past week in Illinois news...
What is the actual impact of Illinois' slightly improved credit rating? In theory, it's huge. In reality, it's more complicated.
With the first year of the 102nd General Assembly mostly wrapped up, lawmakers as of Friday had officially passed 664 bills through both houses for eventual consideration by the governor.
Here's what you may have missed in Illinois government news this week.
With the first year of the 102nd General Assembly mostly wrapped up, lawmakers as of Friday had officially passed 664 bills through both houses for consideration by the governor. Gov. J.B. Pritzker had signed 17 of them as of Friday.
The latest draft of an energy regulatory overhaul bill that has been in negotiations for months was unveiled late Thursday ahead of lawmakers’ planned return to the Capitol to vote on it next week.
A panel of area lawmakers on Tuesday said McLean County's economic landscape has improved — and it could be better, if some statewide policies were in place and others were not.
For Illinois, the changes to voting law that legislators made in the final hours of their legislative session this week seemed innocuous. Some cases are affirmation or expansion of practices already put to the test. But they present a dichotomy with what's happening in other states.
Under the bill — known as the Illinois Way Forward Act — cities and counties in Illinois would be prohibited from entering into contracts with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to "house or detain" immigrants in ICE custody at local jails.
On Monday, with just hours to spare, the General Assembly approved Penicillium rubens as the official state microbe. The legislation, which had languished for two years, now needs only the governor's signature to become law.
The new legislation has the support of the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police and the Illinois State Police and amends some controversial portions of the act that were opposed by law enforcement.
The House also advanced a measure to create a mental health first responder system in coordination with an emergency phone system for mental and behavioral health medical emergencies that was created by federal law.
Busy week? Here's what you may have missed in Illinois news:
All eyes are now on Pritzker, who as a Democratic candidate for governor in 2018 promised to reject a political product, opting for an independent, nonpartisan commission to create the districts.
Partisan outrage over new proposed district lines for the Illinois Supreme Court was on full display Friday in the Illinois General Assembly. The House passed the court remap legislation by 72-45 vote. It passed the Senate 41-18 shortly after that, leading Republicans to call for a veto from Gov. J.B. Pritzker.
Nearly 50 legislators identifying as the Illinois Legislative Green Caucus signed a letter Wednesday asking leadership to make equity and utility accountability the foundation of an energy overhaul bill expected before the General Assembly adjourns May 31.
Illinois budget officials said Thursday that revenues are flowing into state coffers at a faster pace than previously estimated, meaning lawmakers will have more money to work with as they try to finalize a new budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1
The parental notification law requires doctors providing care to a person 17 and younger seeking abortion in Illinois to notify a designated family member at least 48 hours before any procedure.
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, said Wednesday that President Joe Biden's massive $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan would get "zero support" from Republican lawmakers should the president attempt to pass it through the budget reconciliation process.
As economic uncertainty lingers one year into the COVID-19 pandemic, housing advocates across the state are planning next steps to protect tenants and landlords and create additional affordable housing opportunities.
Public hearings continue next week as the Illinois House Redistricting Committee gathers information for the Legislature's once-a-decade adjustment in political boundaries.