Illinois Senate http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Ill. General Assembly Returns From Break http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ill-general-assembly-returns-break <p>Legislators and lobbyists will once again fill Illinois' capitol this week, as the General Assembly returns from a two-week break.&nbsp;</p><p>This is the time the legislative session ratchets up - as it will until a scheduled May 31 adjournment.</p><p>The Senate will take up legislation already approved by the House, or vice versa -- either killing proposals or sending them to the governor's desk. &nbsp;For example: a proposal to legalize same-sex marriage in Illinois.&nbsp; It passed the Senate, but is awaiting a vote in the House.</p> Mon, 08 Apr 2013 14:41:54 +0000 Illinois Public Radio 25218 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Ill. General Assembly Returns From Break Ill. Senate rejects anti-bullying legislation by one vote http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ill-senate-rejects-anti-bullying-legislation-one-vote <p>A push to make Illinois schools adopt more thorough policies to prevent bullying fell short in the state&nbsp;Senate.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/billstatus.asp?DocNum=5290&amp;GAID=11&amp;GA=97&amp;DocTypeID=HB&amp;LegID=65473&amp;SessionID=84">legislation</a> would have required schools to spell out how&nbsp;they would investigate allegations and what would happen to&nbsp;students caught bullying others.</p><p>It got 29 votes Tuesday but needed 30 for approval. Twelve&nbsp;senators voted &quot;no&quot; and 12 voted &quot;present.&quot;</p> Tue, 22 May 2012 17:06:38 +0000 The Associated Press 3761 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Ill. Senate rejects anti-bullying legislation by one vote Ill. Senate rejects Muslim member of rights panel http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ill-senate-rejects-muslim-member-rights-panel <p>A longtime member of the Illinois Human&nbsp;Rights Commission has been denied another term because of material&nbsp;on his website about the Nation of Islam.</p><p>Munir Muhammad is an official in the Coalition for the&nbsp;Remembrance of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, who led the Nation of&nbsp;Islam for decades. The coalition&#39;s website includes a statement&nbsp;saying &quot;race mixing&quot; and interracial marriage should be&nbsp;prohibited.</p> Thu, 17 May 2012 20:49:22 +0000 The Associated Press 3723 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Ill. Senate rejects Muslim member of rights panel Ill. Senate votes to end legislative scholarships http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ill-senate-votes-end-legislative-scholarships <p>The Illinois Senate has agreed to end&nbsp;the practice of letting lawmakers hand out free college educations&nbsp;to their constituents.</p><p>For years, the Senate had been the last roadblock in efforts to&nbsp;end the program. Thursday&#39;s Senate vote makes it likely the&nbsp;Illinois House and governor will quickly take the final steps in&nbsp;getting rid of the tuition waivers.</p><p>The measure passed 43-5, with five senators voting &quot;present.&quot;</p> Thu, 03 May 2012 16:42:59 +0000 The Associated Press 3624 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Ill. Senate votes to end legislative scholarships Ill. legislation regulating 'fracking' advances http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ill-legislation-regulating-fracking-advances <p>Illinois legislation is advancing that&nbsp;would regulate decades-old but debated technology used to reach&nbsp;previously inaccessible natural gas reserves deep underground.</p><p>The state Senate on Thursday unanimously sent to the House a&nbsp;bill addressing hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. That technology&nbsp;involves using mixtures of water, sand and chemicals to free&nbsp;below-ground energy reserves.</p><p>Senate Bill 3280 comes as energy companies are pushing to prospect possible drilling sites using fracking in southern&nbsp;Illinois.</p> Thu, 26 Apr 2012 19:22:47 +0000 The Associated Press 3580 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Ill. legislation regulating 'fracking' advances Illinois legislators debate four-year math requirement for high school students http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/illinois-legislators-debate-four-year-math-requirement-high-school-students <p><em>Reporting from Rachel Otwell of WUIS used in this report. </em></p><p>Illinois state legislators are pushing to tack on a year of math for high school students. But not everyone thinks that&#39;s a good idea.</p><p>Backers say requiring four years of math instead of the current three will prepare students going into skilled labor and science and engineering fields.</p><p>But, state Sen. Dave Luechtefeld, R-Okawville, says tacking on a year of math won&#39;t necessarily be beneficial.</p> Mon, 27 Feb 2012 20:11:22 +0000 WUIS 3155 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Illinois legislators debate four-year math requirement for high school students Ill. Senate OKs tax breaks for business, families; goes next to Quinn http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ill-senate-oks-tax-breaks-business-families-goes-next-quinn <p><em>Will be updated.</em></p><p>Illinois lawmakers have approved a $330 million package of tax relief to businesses and individuals.</p><p>The state Senate approved <a href="http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/BillStatus.asp?DocNum=397&amp;GAID=11&amp;DocTypeID=SB&amp;SessionID=84&amp;GA=97">the business measure</a> 44-9 on Tuesday. The <a href="http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/billstatus.asp?DocNum=0400&amp;GAID=11&amp;GA=97&amp;DocTypeID=SB&amp;LegID=55194&amp;SessionID=84">individual tax relief</a> passed 48-4. Both now go to Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, a supporter.</p> Tue, 13 Dec 2011 22:00:45 +0000 The Associated Press 2672 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Ill. Senate OKs tax breaks for business, families; goes next to Quinn Morning headlines: Thursday, October 27, 2011 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-thursday-october-27-2011 <p><strong>World Series Game 6 tonight at Busch after being postponed due to rain</strong></p><p>Last night, Major League Baseball officials postponed Game 6 of the World Series because of the rainy forecast. The Texas Rangers and the Cardinals will play tonight at Busch Stadium starting at 7:05 CST.</p><p>Texas leads the Series 3-2. If Game 7 is necessary, it will be played tomorrow night at Busch.</p><p><strong>E. coli outbreak in St. Louis County</strong></p> Thu, 27 Oct 2011 14:22:43 +0000 Julie Bierach & The Associated Press 2344 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines: Thursday, October 27, 2011 Ill. Senate OKs changes to electricity measure http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ill-senate-oks-changes-electricity-measure <p><em>Reporting from Illinois Public Radio&#39;s Amanda Vinicky used in this report.</em></p><p>The Illinois Senate has approved changes intended to help revive electricity legislation vetoed by the governor.</p><p>The changes passed 37-20 Tuesday, despite opposition from Gov. Pat Quinn.</p><p>At issue is a plan to let power companies raise rates to pay for infrastructure improvements, including high-tech changes called &quot;Smart Grid.&quot; Critics say the plan guarantees unfair profits and weakens state regulators.</p> Tue, 25 Oct 2011 20:51:10 +0000 The Associated Press & Illinois Public Radio 2325 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Ill. Senate OKs changes to electricity measure Ill. Senate agrees to cut lawmakers' pay http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ill-senate-agrees-cut-lawmakers-pay <p>Illinois lawmakers are cutting their pay for the third straight year as the state struggles with a major budget deficit.</p><p>The Illinois Senate approved the pay cut 48-4 Wednesday. The House had passed the measure in May.</p><p>It requires lawmakers to take 12 unpaid furlough days and give up their annual cost-of-living increase. The cost for each legislator is about $3,900.</p><p>Democratic Sen. Dan Kotowski said it&#39;s important for legislators to share the pain so many others in state government are feeling.</p><p>But Sen. Annazette Collins disagreed.</p> Wed, 22 Jun 2011 19:33:33 +0000 The Associated Press 1478 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Ill. Senate agrees to cut lawmakers' pay