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.
A longtime member of the Illinois Human Rights Commission has been denied another term because of material on his website about the Nation of Islam.
Munir Muhammad is an official in the Coalition for the Remembrance of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, who led the Nation of Islam for decades. The coalition's website includes a statement saying "race mixing" and interracial marriage should be prohibited.
It's not clear from the website whether the coalition endorses that view or is presenting it to show what Elijah Muhammad believed.
The Illinois Senate has agreed to end the practice of letting lawmakers hand out free college educations to their constituents.
For years, the Senate had been the last roadblock in efforts to end the program. Thursday's Senate vote makes it likely the Illinois House and governor will quickly take the final steps in getting rid of the tuition waivers.
The measure passed 43-5, with five senators voting "present."
Illinois legislation is advancing that would regulate decades-old but debated technology used to reach previously inaccessible natural gas reserves deep underground.
The state Senate on Thursday unanimously sent to the House a bill addressing hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. That technology involves using mixtures of water, sand and chemicals to free below-ground energy reserves.
Senate Bill 3280 comes as energy companies are pushing to prospect possible drilling sites using fracking in southern Illinois.