Reporting from Illinois Public Radio's Luke Runyon used in this report.
A plan to prohibit public disclosure of licensed gun owners is headed to the Governor, who has indicated he supports it.
The 42 to 1 Senate vote Friday would overturn a ruling earlier this year by Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office that the names are public under the Freedom of Information Act.
Madigan responded after the Illinois State Police refused to release the names to reporters. Roughly one million people are registered to own firearms in Illinois.
Updated at 1:28 p.m. with Republican reaction via the Associated Press:
Some Republican Illinois senators are satisfied with a newly proposed remap of their legislativedistricts.
Sen. Kirk Dillard of Hinsdale says his new district would grow by about 7,000 people and pick up parts of Cook County in a proposed Senate redistricting map released Thursday.
The Illinois Senate overrode Gov. Pat Quinn's request to delay implementation of a new law that sets provisions for gubernatorial appointments.
The Senate overrode the veto without opposition Friday. The House must override it for it to become law.
The law says the Senate must review temporary appointees and people serving after their terms end or they will lose their jobs.
Previously temporary appointees could serve indefinitely.
Illinois lawmakers have set aside billions of dollars to pay state obligations as part of what Democrats call a more responsible approach to the budget.
The state Senate sent the governor legislation that devotes nearly $8 billion to paying off debt and making pension payments.
Senate President John Cullerton said Friday the goal is to make sure the state doesn't duck these obligations or pay them with borrowed money.
Updated 3:20 p.m. with Illinois Public Radio story including more detail and comment from Rutherford.
Reporting from Illinois Public Radio's Amanda Vinicky used in this report.
Illinois' treasurer invests the state's money. The Comptroller pays the bills. A measure approved by the Senate today would merge the two constitutional offices.
Supporters say it makes "sense" - literally and metaphorically. According to projections, the consolidation would result in a savings of $12 million.
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