Illinois House of Representatives

Ill. regional superintendents
2:27 pm
Thu October 27, 2011

Ill. school superintendent pay legislation fails again

Legislation to restore salaries for regional school superintendents after they were wiped out by Gov. Pat Quinn has failed in the Illinois House.

The vote Thursday was 59 to 55, but lawmakers can vote again later.

A House Committee had approved the legislation on Tuesday.

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Ill. House / "Pension Abuse"
1:44 pm
Thu October 27, 2011

Ill. House adopts ban on 'crafty' pension abuse

An inside view of the dome of the Illinois State Capitol building in Springfield, Ill.
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The Illinois House has voted to crack down on public pension abuses.

Lawmakers voted 111-3 Thursday to prevent public employees who served in union positions from receiving pensions from both the government and the union.

The measure sponsored by House Minority Leader Tom Cross also limits the size of pensions. An employee who takes a leave of absence from his public job to serve in a union post must receive a pension based on his public salary before the leave -- not the higher union salary.

Illinois Utility Rates / Pat Quinn
4:34 pm
Wed October 26, 2011

Ill. lawmakers OK electricity measure despite veto

The Illinois State Capitol building in Springfield, Ill.
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Updated 4:38 with more information about the legislation.

Illinois lawmakers have approved major changes to the state's electricity system over Gov. Pat Quinn's veto.

Both the House and Senate voted to override the governor Wednesday.

They rejected Quinn's argument that the legislation guarantees unfair profits to power companies and seriously weakens the oversight power of state regulators.

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Ill. regional superintendents
5:58 pm
Tue October 25, 2011

Ill. House panel votes to restore superintendents' pay

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Illinois lawmakers have taken the first steps toward restoring salaries for the state's regional superintendents.

A House committee on Tuesday approved legislation that would take the salaries out of a special tax fund for local government.

Now the full House will consider the plan.

Gov. Pat Quinn used his veto power to eliminate salaries for regional superintendents and their assistants. He said the state shouldn't pay for local officials when money is so tight.

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Illinois Redistricting
1:49 pm
Tue May 24, 2011

House committee OKs new Ill. legislative districts

A screen capture of the proposed redistricting map from the Illinois House of Representatives via Google Maps. (See a link to the full map in the story below). This map passed through a Ill. House committee today.
(Illinois House of Representatives via Google Earth)

An Illinois House committee has approved new legislative districts despite opposition from a leading Latino advocacy group. The districts drawn by Democrats advanced on a party-line vote.

You can see the full map, and interact with it, here.

It's not clear when the full House might vote.

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Illinois Redistricting
4:29 pm
Fri May 20, 2011

Democrats unveil plan for Ill. House districts

A screen capture of the proposed redistricting map from the Illinois House of Representatives via Google Maps. (See a link to the full map in the story below).
(Illinois House of Representatives via Google Earth)

Democrats have released their proposal for new Illinois House districts that would make political life harder for Republicans.

The map was made public Friday afternoon. Democrats plan a hearing on Sunday where more detail may be available and critics can air their concerns.

The proposal throws some Republicans into the same districts.

Others would lose territory that could be used to help elect Democrats.

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Illinois / Education
5:59 pm
Thu May 12, 2011

Ill. House votes to cut education spending

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Reporting from Illinois Public Radio's Amanda Vinicky used in this report.

Legislators have given their equivalent of an "A" to an education measure heralded as landmark. After heavy negotiations, it's on its way to the governor's desk.

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Illinois & Firearms
12:11 pm
Fri April 8, 2011

Ill. legislation would bar release of gun permit info

The Illinois Capitol building in Springfield, Ill.
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Names of people authorized to own guns would be declared secret under legislation approved by the Illinois House.

The state police would be barred from releasing information on people who have Firearm Owner Identification cards.

The House approved the bill 98-12 Friday. It now heads to the Senate.

The attorney general ruled last month that the list of people with FOID cards must be released under the state Freedom of Information Act.

Illinois State Budget
4:00 pm
Wed March 30, 2011

Quinn's proposed budget virtually ignored in Ill. House bipartisan plan

The Illinois Capitol building in Springfield, Ill.
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Reporting from Illinois Public Radio's Amanda Vinicky used in this report.

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn's proposed budget is virtually ignored in the Illinois House leaders' bipartisan plan.

Saving money by consolidating school districts and revisions to the tax code.  These were highlights of the governor's budget plan.

But they may be doomed.  Speaker Mike Madigan dismissed them.

"I have no comment on them, I just don't plan to pursue them," Madigan said.

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Illinois Death Penalty
6:20 pm
Thu January 6, 2011

UPDATE: Ill. House re-votes, passes bill to repeal death penalty, goes to Senate

The Illinois Capitol building in Springfield, Ill. In this building today, the Illinois House of Representatives voted on a bill to abolish the death penalty in the state. (via Flickr/jglazer75)
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UPDATE Jan. 6, 2011 6:47 p.m. :   Via the Associated Press, The Illinois House, reversing an earlier tally, has voted 60-54 to repeal the death penalty. The bill now goes to the Illinois Senate.

A decades-long effort to abolish the death penalty in Illinois has fallen one vote shy of House approval.

House members voted 59-58 Thursday on abolition. The bill needed 60 votes for approval.

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