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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.

The Illinois Senate has approved raising public school teacher salaries to a minimum of $40,000 a year.

The Illinois Senate approved a measure intended to upgrade security at public, large-scale events. Under the plan, law enforcement could use drones as monitors.

But Democratic state Senator Kwame Raoul of Chicago says this could also be a pathway for invading people’s privacy – and wants officers to obtain a warrant first.

“I want to trust to utilize the drones to protect against a tragic incident at Lollapalooza or some other mass gathering at a park. I’m not left with the feeling of comfort by a reference to no legitimate law enforcement purpose.”

The Illinois Senate has approved requiring public schools to teach LGBT history.

Senate OKs Raising Smoking Age From 18 to 21

Apr 25, 2018

The Illinois Senate has voted to raise the smoking age from 18 to 21.

The Illinois Senate has approved restrictions on insurance companies writing workers' compensation policies. 

The Illinois Senate is urging Gov. Bruce Rauner to reject a presidential call to send National Guard troops to help secure the U.S.-Mexican border.

The Illinois Senate has adopted a ban on bump stocks, an age limit to own assault-style weapons and an extended waiting period for delivery of high-capacity weapons.

A follow-up bill to Illinois' school funding reform law is headed to the state Senate after winning approval from members of the House.
State officials say the measure is needed to make sure money is properly distributed under the new plan. The House vote on Wednesday was 76-31.

The Illinois Senate is endorsing a plan to require children to ride in rear-facing car seats until age 2.

The Illinois Senate has endorsed monthly reporting of incoming bills despite a veto by Gov. Bruce Rauner.

The woman who claims that an Illinois Senate Democratic leader sexually harassed her wants to know why Sen. Ira Silverstein faced no repercussions until after she went public this week.

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Chicago Democrat Ira Silverstein is resigning his leadership position in the Illinois Senate. That’s following accusations he sexually harassed an advocate working with him on a bill.

The Illinois Senate has voted to override Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto of legislation that prohibits local governments from establishing "right to work" zones.

Will the Cook County Soda Tax Trickle Downstate?

Oct 4, 2017

State Senator Chapin Rose says downstate Illinoisans should be concerned about Cook County’s controversial sales tax on sweetened beverages --- even though they don’t have to pay it.

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CHICAGO (AP) - The home state of former President Barack Obama will commemorate his birthday under a new law. 

DuPage County Board Vice Chairman John Curran has been appointed to fill the Illinois Senate seat held by GOP leader Christine Radogno before she announced her resignation last month. 

The Illinois Senate has voted to override Gov. Bruce Rauner's vetoes of a $36 billion budget plan and $5 billion income tax increase. 

Illinois Senate to Vote on Budget Plan

Jul 4, 2017

The Illinois Senate is expected to vote on a full budget today. That’s after the House passed a spending plan and a tax increase over the weekend to try and end the two-year long impasse.

In the House, 15 Republicans went against Governor Bruce Rauner and voted yes. It’s not a given that the Senate has the votes to pass it. Senate Democrats already passed a budget that included more spending than the plan they’re set to consider today.

Republicans in the Illinois Senate have elected Sen. Bill Brady to serve as the chamber's minority leader.

Budget Impasse Leaves Illinois Finances in Limbo

Jun 1, 2017

After missing a key deadline last night, there is still no deal to end the 2-year-long state budget impasse.  And now Illinois Senate Democrats say they can’t trust Republican Governor Bruce Rauner to negotiate.  Senate Democrats did pass a budget without GOP votes.  They say Rauner sent conflicting messages.  In Springfield, he’d tell them to keep up the negotiations.  Outside the capitol, Rauner said all Democrats want to do is raise your taxes.  Here’s Democratic Senator Toi Hutchinson.

Illinois senators have overwhelmingly approved a plan to make it harder for authorities to confiscate property from innocent owners.
The Senate endorsed the measure 56-0 Wednesday. It'll head to the House.
The plan would place the burden of proof on law enforcement when seizing a person's property in connection with a suspected crime. Current law allows authorities to confiscate property without even charging an owner for participating in illegal activity. The practice has been sharply criticized.

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The Illinois Senate has agreed with House changes to a measure that protects immigrants from indiscriminate federal attention.
Democratic Senate President John Cullerton's "TRUST Act" now goes to Gov. Bruce Rauner. It prevents federal authorities from stopping, questioning or detaining immigrants unless they have a valid federal warrant. It also would have prevented local police from cooperating with federal agents unless a federal criminal warrant was presented and barred federal authorities from entering "safe zones" such as schools or publicly funded clinics.

Democrats in the Illinois Senate today made another attempt to meet the demands of Governor Bruce Rauner’s economic agenda.  The Republican governor has said the expense of workers compensation insurance has driven businesses out of the state.



The Illinois Senate passed a budget package Tuesday after a similar plan failed last week. The difference was several new “yes” votes from liberal Democrats. No Republicans supported either plan.

The Illinois Senate could take up some lingering issues related to the "grand bargain" budget compromise.  Senators are looking at a possible vote on changes to the workers' compensation system. It's one of the "structural" changes Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner has demanded during the two-year budget stalemate. 

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Democrats in the Illinois Senate are preparing to go it alone on a budget plan. On Tues. morning, they’re set to consider both spending cuts and tax increases. 

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The Illinois Senate has adjourned without taking action on remaining items from the "grand bargain" budget compromise. Democrats who run the chamber say they might push forward with remaining items after approving several parts of the compromise on Wednesday.

The Senate has approved a $36.5 billion budget that was initiated by minority Republicans. But it turned down authority to implement it.  The Democratic-controlled chamber voted 31-21 to approve the proposed outlay for the year that begins July 1.  

The Illinois Senate has rejected a two-year property tax freeze. The Democratic offer to meet Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's demand for tax relief for local homeowners is one of the measures that is part of the "grand bargain" budget compromise.