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Thursday, June 5, 2014 12:01 am

Law would keep troubled kids with their adoptive families

 Illinois lawmakers voted to end a practice known as “planned abandonment” of adopted kids, but the state’s poor fiscal condition will likely limit the state’s ability to enact the change...
Thursday, June 5, 2014 12:01 am

Legislators accomplish little

 Not much of substance got accomplished during the recently concluded legislative session, which isn’t surprising. When, after all, has the Illinois General Assembly achieved greatness in an el...
Thursday, June 5, 2014 12:01 am

Lawmakers use referendums as campaign fodder

 State leaders are asking the public’s advice when it comes to increasing the minimum wage, taxing millionaires and including contraception in health insurance coverage.Three bills awaiting the...
Thursday, May 29, 2014 12:01 am

Lawmakers ponder future of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum

Personalities, politics and power have been on parade since House Speaker Michael Madigan proposed that the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum be divorced from the Illinois Historic Prese...
Thursday, May 29, 2014 12:01 am

Cost and access to relief questioned

 Illinoisans want their medical marijuana sooner, cheaper and with fewer restrictions.At a May 21 public hearing in Springfield, several speakers asked the state to speed up the program’s imple...
Thursday, May 29, 2014 12:01 am

Prosecutors aren’t judges, court rules

The Illinois Supreme Court has ruled that state’s attorneys are subject to the state Freedom of Information Act.The May 22 ruling came after at least three courts ruled that prosecutors need not res...
Thursday, May 29, 2014 12:01 am

State sued over permit denials

 Three people denied permits to carry concealed firearms have sued the state, saying that the state has violated their rights by rejecting applications to carry concealed weapons.The plaintiffs e...
Friday, May 23, 2014 05:04 pm

ALPLM may split from IHPA

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum would be split off from the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency under legislation supported by Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan and other state leaders....
Thursday, May 22, 2014 12:01 am

Politics and some losing districts could halt bill

 About a year’s worth of work by Illinois senators to piece together a more equitable school funding formula in Illinois could either pass or come to a swift halt any day.Sen. Andy Manar, D-Bun...

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