Illinois Senate

Illinois & Firearms
3:17 pm
Fri May 20, 2011

Names of licensed gun owners in Ill. likely to remain private

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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.

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Illinois Redistricting
11:20 am
Thu May 19, 2011

Illinoisans get first look at new state Senate map

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

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 legislative
districts.

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.

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Illinois Senate
2:07 pm
Fri May 13, 2011

Ill. Senate denies Quinn veto on appointment bill

An interior view of the dome of the Illinois State Capitol building in Springfield, Ill.

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 State Budget
1:38 pm
Fri April 15, 2011

Ill. lawmakers OK big piece of state budget

The Illinois Capitol building in Springfield, Ill.
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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.

Illinois Government
3:05 pm
Thu March 31, 2011

Comptroller-treasurer merger advances in Ill. Senate

The Illinois Capitol building in Springfield, Ill.
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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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Illinois State Budget
12:13 pm
Thu March 17, 2011

Ill. GOP senators recommend significant cuts

The Illinois Capitol building in Springfield, Ill.
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Updated 4:10 p.m. March 17, 2011 with Gov. Quinn's comments.

Gov. Pat Quinn says he opposes a package of budget cuts proposed by Illinois Senate Republicans.

The Chicago Democrat said Thursday the "foolhardy" cuts would kills jobs and weaken the economy just as Illinois recovers from a recession.

The Republican plan includes cuts to education, health care and local government. They estimate the savings at $6.7 billion.

The two biggest pieces are the most difficult.

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Illinois Cigarette Tax
3:05 pm
Wed March 16, 2011

Ill. committee approves cigarette tax increase

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An Illinois Senate committee has voted to raise cigarette taxes by $1 a pack and use the money for construction projects around the state.

Senators split along party lines Wednesday, with nine Democrats supporting the increase and six Republicans opposing it. The measure now goes to the full Senate.

Democrats say the cigarette tax could replace other sources of construction money that are tied up in a legal dispute. They also say it would cut state health costs by discouraging smoking.

Republicans argue the increase would disproportionately fall on the poor.

Illinois Death Penalty
3:06 pm
Tue January 11, 2011

Illinois Senate votes to abolish death penalty, bill goes next to Gov. Quinn

The Illinois Capitol building in Springfield, Ill. (via Flickr/jglazer75)
(via Flickr/jglazer75)

UPDATE 3:03 p.m. Jan. 11, 2011:

The Associated Press is reporting that the Illinois Senate has voted to abolish the death penalty in that state.

The Chicago Tribune also reports the following:

The ban on executions goes to Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, who must sign the legislation for it to become law. During last fall's campaign, Quinn said he supports "capital punishment when applied carefully and fairly," but also backs the 10-year-old moratorium on executions.

The Senate voted 32-25 to approve the ban, with two members voting present.

 

UPDATE 1:13 p.m. Jan. 11, 2011:

The Illinois Senate is debating the death penalty bill this afternoon on the floor. You can listen or watch the debate live here.

Earlier Story:

Illinois has moved one step closer to a vote on abolishing the death penalty in the state.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Illinois Senate Judiciary Committee voted this morning to advance a bill to repeal the death penalty, setting up a probable full Senate vote later today.

The bill passed in the House last week in a quick re-vote when the first vote failed the bill, 59-58.

The Chicago Tribune also has more information on the history of the death penalty in the state, via legislation and key cases in their story today.

 

Law
1:59 pm
Wed December 1, 2010

Ill. Senate approves civil unions for gay couples

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn

The Associated Press is reporting that the Illinois Senate has approved civil unions for gay couples.  Governor Pat Quinn says he will sign the measure.

Here's more information from the AP (as of 2:10 p.m.):

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