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By Illinois News Network | Watchdog.org | Aug 14, 2015 1:26 PM | 14
By Mark Fitton | Illinois News Network SPRINGFIELD — From a professional police officer’s point of view, Illinois new legislation to improve policing and strengthen community trust is a win, said Rep. John Cabello. Cabello, a Rockford police detective on leave while he serves in the General Assembly, was among the lead negotiators of Senate Bill 1307, which [...]
By Illinois News Network | Watchdog.org | Aug 14, 2015 11:08 AM
By Mark Fitton | Illinois News Network SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Bruce Rauner wants House Bill 218 rolled a little differently before he’ll sign it into law. The Winnetka Republican used his veto pen Friday to seek changes to the bill, which currently would put possession of small amounts of marijuana on par with a traffic offense. The bill, sponsored [...]
By Illinois News Network | Watchdog.org | Aug 13, 2015 12:01 PM
By Mark Fitton | Illinois News Network SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois House on Wednesday ultimately gave Gov. Bruce Rauner the “clean” spending bill he asked for, but only after a bruising debate. In the end, a bill to OK the state’s spending about $5.2 billion in federal funds on human services, as well as $166 million in state money [...]
By Illinois News Network | Watchdog.org | Aug 12, 2015 10:12 AM | 18
Rauner likes the legislation the way the Senate passed it. He says it’s a “clean” bill that would not affect the state’s budget deficit because the funds in question are federal.
By Illinois News Network | Watchdog.org | Aug 12, 2015 10:06 AM
By Mark Fitton | Illinois News Network SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration is asking University of Illinois trustees to scrap a resignation agreement that includes a $400,000 bonus for Chancellor Phyllis Wise, who announced her resignation Thursday. According to her contract, Wise is to receive a one-year sabbatical and then join the faculty in the School of [...]
By Illinois News Network | Watchdog.org | Aug 10, 2015 10:47 AM
By Mark Fitton | Illinois News Network SPRINGFIELD — Lawyers for the developmentally disabled, care providers and the state are to to meet in federal court Tuesday morning over whether the state is meeting its obligations under consent decree rising from a 2005 lawsuit. Advocates including Equip for Equality and the American Civil Liberties Union on Aug. 6 [...]
By Illinois News Network | Watchdog.org | Aug 06, 2015 11:18 AM
By Mark Fitton | Illinois News Network SPRINGFIELD — Some of the biggest news from the Capitol this week may be about what didn’t happen: an expected attempt by the Senate to override Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of Senate Bill 1229. While the Senate on Monday noted receipt of Rauner’s July 29 veto  and later scheduled it for [...]
By Illinois News Network | Watchdog.org | Aug 05, 2015 3:26 PM | 12
By Mark Fitton | Illinois News Network SPRINGFIELD — The state Senate on Wednesday easily passed a measure to halt a 2 percent cost-of-living increase for lawmakers and other top state officials. The Senate passed House Bill 576 by a vote of 49-to-2 with eight members not voting. The bill now moves on to Gov. Bruce Rauner, who has previously [...]
By Illinois News Network | Watchdog.org | Aug 05, 2015 11:52 AM | 17
By Mark Fitton| Illinois News Network SPRINGFIELD — Senate Democrats on Tuesday passed a measure that ties together property tax freezes, a rewrite of the state’s school aid formula and aid for the Chicago Public Schools pension system. Senate Bill 318, supported by Senate Democrats including President John Cullerton, passed on a vote of 37 to 1, with [...]
By Illinois News Network | Watchdog.org | Aug 05, 2015 11:42 AM | 7
By Mark Fitton | Illinois News Network SPRINGFIELD — In a growingly rare moment of bipartisan peace, the Illinois Senate on Tuesday cleared the way for state agencies to spend about $4.8 billion in federal money otherwise being held up by the lack of an agreement on a state budget. By a vote of 57-0, the Senate passed an [...]


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