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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


Durkin Supports Tougher Gun Penalties, But Warns Of Cost

CHICAGO (CBS) — The new leader of Illinois House Republicans said Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s push for tougher penalties for gun crimes could be a good thing, but also expensive. 364 more words


Durkin Officially Takes Over As Illinois House GOP Leader

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — State Rep. Jim Durkin is officially beginning his tenure as Republican leader in the Illinois House.

The Western Springs lawmaker was elected to the post last month but officially takes the reins Monday. 111 more words


Rep. Durkin New Leader Of Illinois House Republicans

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Suburban Chicago state Rep. Jim Durkin is the new leader of Republicans in the Illinois House.

The Western Springs lawmaker was elected Thursday afternoon in Springfield. 105 more words


Illinois Lawmaker Wants To Limit Lame-Duck Votes

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) A state lawmaker wants to make it harder for the General Assembly to push through controversial legislation during lame-duck sessions.

Republican Rep. Jim Durkin of Western Springs filed a bill this week that would require lame-duck legislation to have the votes of three-fifths of the House and Senate, rather a simple majority. 100 more words


House Panel Recommends Expelling Rep. Smith

UPDATED 07/19/12 – 4:26 p.m.

CHICAGO (CBS) — A special Illinois House committee has recommended that State Rep. Derrick Smith be expelled from the House, over allegations he took a $7,000 bribe. 620 more words


State House Votes To Ban Shark Fins, Lawmaker Wonders Why

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (CBS) — Environmentalists are applauding, and at least one state representative is scratching his head, after the Illinois House voted to ban the possession of shark fins. 321 more words