Illinois House of Representatives

Politics & Issues
2:29 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Illinois House Weighs Ban On Ticket Quotas

Illinois State Rep. Jay Hoffman is sponsoring Senate Bill 3411 that would shield officers from discipline for not issuing enough citations in a given time period.
Credit Office of Rep. Jay Hoffman.

The Illinois House is considering whether to ban law enforcement agencies in the state from requiring officers to meet traffic ticket quotas.

The measure which passed the Senate last week would prevent departments from using ticket quotas in officer performance evaluations.

Democratic Rep. Jay Hoffman of Swansea is sponsoring the legislation.

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Illinois General Assembly
9:41 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Ill. General Assembly Returns From Break

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Legislators and lobbyists will once again fill Illinois' capitol this week, as the General Assembly returns from a two-week break. 

This is the time the legislative session ratchets up - as it will until a scheduled May 31 adjournment.

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.  For example: a proposal to legalize same-sex marriage in Illinois.  It passed the Senate, but is awaiting a vote in the House.

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The Two-Way
3:16 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

VIDEO: 'Let my people go:' Illinois state Rep loses cool on house floor

Illinois State Rep. Mike Bost.
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Originally published on Wed May 30, 2012 3:19 pm

We already know that budgets and austerity measures are controversial, especially when it concerns the pensions of public employees. Wisconsin is solid proof. But if you need another reminder of just how combustive it gets when you mix politics, unions and public employees, just take a look at this video:

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Voice Recording Law
2:12 pm
Tue May 22, 2012

Ill. House: it's OK to record audio of police - with a few caveats

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Updated 3:42 p.m. with Illinois Public Radio story.

Reporting by Illinois Public Radio's Brian Mackey used in this report.

Although the NATO protests in Chicago have come and gone, today the Illinois House took a second crack at making it legal to create audio recordings of police. This time the legislation passed.

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Illinois Legislature / Health Care
2:03 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

Illinois House panel targets retiree health care

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An Illinois House committee wants to take away a perk for government retirees who get a big break on health insurance.

State employees who work for 20 years pay no insurance premium in retirement. A measure to end that benefit cleared the  House Executive Committee, which is controlled by Democrats, without opposition Wednesday.

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees opposes the legislation.

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Social Media
4:40 pm
Thu March 22, 2012

Ill. bill on employer Facebook password requests hits snag

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Legislation that would prohibit employers from seeking job applicants' social network passwords is on hold in the Illinois House.

Democratic Rep. La Shawn Ford's measure would allow job-seekers to file lawsuits if asked for access to sites like Facebook. Bosses could still ask for usernames that would allow them to view public information on the sites.

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Illinois Tax Breaks
12:12 pm
Mon December 12, 2011

Ill. House OKs tax relief for businesses, families

A interior view of the dome of the Illinois State Capitol building in Springfield, Ill.
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Will be updated. For the latest updates on this story, follow Illinois Public Radio reporter @AmandaVinicky on Twitter.

Updated 2:58 p.m. with input of Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn.

Updated 2:29 p.m. - replaces story on passage of bill for working poor with version encompassing passage of both bills.

The Illinois House has approved tax breaks for businesses, including some big names that are threatening to leave the state.

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Ill. House / "Pension Abuse"
2:24 pm
Tue November 29, 2011

Illinois lawmakers send Quinn pension reform bill

The Illinois State Capitol building in Springfield, Ill.
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Update: Illinois Public Radio's Amanda Vinicky reports via Twitter that the two lobbyists in question - David Piccioli and Steve Preckwinkle - believe the pension reform bill is unconstitutional and are reviewing legal options.

The Illinois General Assembly has sent legislation to Gov. Pat Quinn that would curb pension abuses.

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Ill. regional superintendents
3:39 pm
Wed November 9, 2011

Ill. House OKs alternative pay for school superintendents

The Illinois State Capitol building in Springfield, Ill.
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The Illinois House approved a plan to pay regional school superintendents after Gov. Pat Quinn erased funding for their salaries last summer.

The House voted 74-36 Wednesday to use local property tax funds to pay superintendents and their assistants in 44 regional education offices. It would pay them for just one year.

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Education / Illinois House of Representatives
2:14 pm
Wed November 9, 2011

Ill. House targets loophole on teachers' pensions

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Illinois lawmakers are trying to close a loophole that let two lobbyists qualify for retirement benefits as teachers after spending a single day in the classroom.

The measure passed the House on Wednesday and now goes to the state Senate.

It targets two lobbyists for the Illinois Federation of Teachers. They spent one day as substitutes, which allowed them to qualify for the teachers' pension system.

Democratic Rep. Jack franks of Marengo calls it "depressing" that he needed to sponsor legislation to remove them from the pension system.

His bill passed 112-0.

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