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Amendment Protecting Ill. Voters To Go On Ballot

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Illinois voters will consider a constitutional amendment this fall aimed at scuttling attempts at voter suppression after Senate action Thursday.

The Senate voted 52-0 to approve the idea brought forth by House Speaker Michael Madigan, a powerful Democrat concerned about other states’ actions to add requirements for voting or limit when it’s done. 300 more words


Charter School Parents, Students To Lobby State Lawmakers

CHICAGO (CBS) – Students and parents from Chicago charter schools boarded two dozen busses Tuesday morning for a trip to Springfield to lobby lawmakers who are considering a raft of bills charter advocates see as a threat. 271 more words


Emanuel Makes Changes To Pension Bill

CHICAGO (CBS) — Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he’s working hard to get state lawmakers to approve the pension deal that seems to have stalled in Springfield last week. 254 more words


Quinn Proposes Making 2011 Income Tax Hike Permanent

Updated 03/26/14 – 2:13 p.m.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Gov. Pat Quinn outlined his case Wednesday for making Illinois’ temporary income tax increase permanent, predicting “extreme and radical” budget cuts to schools and services without additional revenue. 870 more words


Quinn To Propose Making 2011 Tax Hike Permanent

Updated 03/26/14 – 10:55 a.m.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Gov. Pat Quinn is expected to propose making Illinois’ temporary income tax increase permanent in order to avoid massive budget cuts when he presents his election year budget address Wednesday, according to lawmakers briefed on his plans. 863 more words


Op-Ed: Boosting Prevention Funding Can Help Blunt Illinois Heroin Crisis

(Springfield, IL) – Op-Ed: Where does the Illinois heroin crisis stand today?

“While Chicago remains a hub for the heroin trade in the U.S., an increased availability of purer, cheaper heroin that can be effectively snorted has contributed to the expansion of what once was primarily an urban issue into a problem affecting users in a wide variety of areas and demographics, especially youth in suburban Cook Co. 463 more words

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Quinn Gets Help From Martin Sheen In Push For Minimum Wage Hike

CHICAGO (CBS) – Actor Martin Sheen joined Gov. Pat Quinn on Thursday in his push to convince state lawmakers to raise the minimum wage.

“This is far less a political issue than a moral one,” Sheen said. 255 more words