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Checks have been sent out to more than 900 Illinois workers to cover back pay owed since 2011.

The Illinois Senate has unanimously endorsed a plan to require reports on veterans' health after a Legionnaires' disease crisis at a state-run veterans home.

Illinois lawmakers are weighing legislation to prevent synthetic marijuana manufacturers from dodging laws banning the substance.

Illinois lawmakers are considering a proposal that would allow out-of-state students to enroll in a Chicago-area school.

Illinois lawmakers have sent Gov. Bruce Rauner legislation requiring him and his successors to use governor's office funds to pay people who work for them. 

Illinois lawmakers are considering legislation to better protect state workers in vulnerable jobs after the death of a child-welfare worker was beaten last fall.

Illinois prisons officials have told state lawmakers that they need an extra $420 million to get through the rest of the budget year.

The Illinois Attorney General's Office is working with state lawmakers to draft legislation that would require hospitals to have a specially trained medical provider available to examine a sexual assault victim.

The Justice Department says in a new filing in former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock's corruption case that a 1995 ruling that's long provided guidance in the prosecution of politicians is wrong.

There's a new plaque at the state capitol in Springfield commemorating President Barack Obama's 2016 speech to lawmakers in the Illinois House.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner says lawmakers need to approve a supplemental spending bill to ensure the Department of Corrections can get through the rest of the fiscal year.

The state's education chief says that the $350 million boost promised to public schools this year will be distributed beginning in April. 

The state's education agency wants to hire a "storyteller" to relay "amazing" stories from Illinois' public schools while lawmakers are still trying properly fund them. 

18th District Congressman Darin LaHood is back to work in Washington D.C. Tuesday. The Peoria Republican says he believes Congress cannot let the government shut down.

Illinois will postpone submitting fresh voter data to a controversial multi-state voter registration database because the Kansas-based program hasn't offered an updated security plan. 

Illinois lawmakers have formed a subcommittee to explore state policies over decentralized digital currencies like bitcoin.

Lawmakers question whether reimbursement rates in an expanded managed care health plan will be sufficient to keep insurers providing service.

More than a dozen groups and lawmakers who oppose abortion have filed a lawsuit challenging a new law providing taxpayer-funded abortions.

Democratic state lawmakers are introducing a plan to halt Illinois' participation in a controversial multi-state voter registration database. It’s the latest move after efforts to persuade the State Board of Elections failed.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed into law two measures that address sexual harassment in the Illinois state Capitol. 

Gov. Bruce Rauner is downplaying defeats in the just-ended legislative session where lawmakers voted to nix most of the Rauner vetoes they attempted to override.

Illinois Lawmakers to Combat Sexual Harassment

Oct 24, 2017

Illinois lawmakers will consider a measure that mandates legislators, their staff, and lobbyists complete yearly sexual harassment training.

The Illinois Capitol was briefly evacuated following a small furnace fire shortly before lawmakers were expected to gather for a veto session.

Illinois legislators have adjourned the third day of a special session without wading into a school funding fight. 

Gov. Bruce Rauner has summoned lawmakers into special session to settle the public education funding issue weeks before the school bell is set to ring.

Gov. Bruce Rauner says he will call lawmakers into special session to deal with public school funding if they don't send him legislation on the issue by Monday.

Illinois lawmakers have an ironic strategy for digging out of debt: taking on more of it.

The state of Illinois has officially given human resources departments the information they need to start deducting more from workers' paychecks.

Illinois' department of revenue says more than 300 state employees, including two lawmakers, are delinquent in paying their taxes for the 2014 calendar year.  Department of Revenue officials say the 312 state workers are getting their salaries but still haven't filed returns for calendar year 2014, which were due two springs ago.

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Several new members of the General Assembly will take office in January. We plan to catch up with some of them to see why they wanted the job and what they hope to accomplish as lawmakers.

 

First up is Dave Severin. The Republican beat Democratic Representative John Bradley in a hard-fought campaign for the 117th House district. Illinois Public Radio's Jamey Dunn talked with Severin, a small business owner and longtime school board member from Benton. 

 

 

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