Illinois Legislature http://wkms.org en IL Lawmakers Question Quinn’s Agenda http://wkms.org/post/il-lawmakers-question-quinn-s-agenda <p></p><p>The Illinois Legislature has wrapped up its official 2013 session after passing historic gay marriage legislation.</p><p>But it made little progress on many other high-profile issues.</p><p>Lawmakers have yet to solve the state's $100 billion dollar pension crisis. They haven't raised the minimum wage, enacted an assault weapons ban or approved additional ethics reforms. Mon, 11 Nov 2013 12:52:35 +0000 The Associated Press 36455 at http://wkms.org IL Lawmakers Question Quinn’s Agenda IL House Passes Same-Sex Marriage http://wkms.org/post/il-house-passes-same-sex-marriage <p></p><p>Illinois Governor Pat Quinn says his state is an example for the nation after the House approved legislation allowing same-sex marriage in the state.</p><p>The Democrat says he'll sign the bill when it gets to his desk.</p><p>He says Illinois is on the right side of history and took a stand for equal rights. The House approved the measure 61-54 Tuesday.</p><p>Quinn watched the floor debate which lasted more than two hours. Wed, 06 Nov 2013 13:16:32 +0000 The Associated Press 36338 at http://wkms.org IL House Passes Same-Sex Marriage IL Lawmakers In Final Days Of Session http://wkms.org/post/il-lawmakers-final-days-session <p></p><p>Illinois lawmakers are convening in Springfield for the final three days of their annual fall session.</p><p>The action kicks off with hearings today on corporate tax incentives and stricter gun penalties in the Illinois House. Same-sex marriage legislation could also come up for a vote in the coming days. Tue, 05 Nov 2013 13:14:02 +0000 The Associated Press 36302 at http://wkms.org IL Lawmakers In Final Days Of Session IL Clergy Send Letter Urging Marriage Equality http://wkms.org/post/il-clergy-send-letter-urging-marriage-equality <p></p><p>A coalition of clergy members and faith leaders has sent a letter to Illinois House members encouraging them to support gay marriage.</p><p>The letter has more than 300 signatures. It says allowing same-sex couples to marry is "morally just."</p><p>The Illinois General Assembly returns to Springfield this week and supporters of gay marriage hope the House will take up the bill, which passed in the Illinois Senate on Valentine's Day. Mon, 04 Nov 2013 12:42:45 +0000 The Associated Press 36254 at http://wkms.org IL Clergy Send Letter Urging Marriage Equality IL Lawmakers Promote Survey And Budgeting Model http://wkms.org/post/il-lawmakers-promote-survey-and-budgeting-model <p></p><p>Two Illinois state senators say they want "partisan bickering" over the state's budget to be put aside.</p><p>Democrat Dan Kotowski and Republican Pam Althoff are holding a news conference today in Chicago to announce the findings of a study on what Illinois taxpayers' want. Tue, 29 Oct 2013 14:13:09 +0000 The Associated Press 36119 at http://wkms.org IL Lawmakers Promote Survey And Budgeting Model IL Casino Bill Waiting On House Vote http://wkms.org/post/il-casino-bill-waiting-house-vote <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Illinois lawmakers have re-opened talks on a bill to expand gambling, but many of the concerns from earlier proposals remain.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The House Executive Committee held a hearing yesterday on a measure to add five casinos and allow slot machines at major airports.</span></p><p> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 11:52:09 +0000 The Associated Press 35994 at http://wkms.org IL Casino Bill Waiting On House Vote IL Legislature Prepares For Second Day In Session http://wkms.org/post/il-legislature-prepares-second-day-session <p></p><p>Illinois lawmakers are returning to the state capitol for a second day of their annual fall veto session. After getting off to a sputtering start, today’s schedule is expected to include a hearing on gambling and requests by state agencies looking for additional money.</p><p>Horsemen and officials from the Illinois racetracks want lawmakers to legalize online betting. Wed, 23 Oct 2013 11:48:48 +0000 The Associated Press 35953 at http://wkms.org IL Legislature Prepares For Second Day In Session 2014 Deadline Among Hurdles in Illinois Lawmaker Session http://wkms.org/post/2014-deadline-among-hurdles-illinois-lawmaker-session <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Illinois lawmakers reconvene Tuesday to address pressing issues such as pension reform and same-sex marriage but those issues could be pushed off again because of a looming deadline for opponents to challenge sitting lawmakers in 2014.</span></p><p> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 11:42:07 +0000 Whitney Jones & The Associated Press 35888 at http://wkms.org 2014 Deadline Among Hurdles in Illinois Lawmaker Session The Morning Cram [56th quadrennial peaceful revolution edition] http://wkms.org/post/morning-cram-56th-quadrennial-peaceful-revolution-edition <p></p><p><strong>From NPR: </strong>Winning matters. Having earned a second term, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2012/11/07/164444409/for-obama-vindication-but-not-a-mandate">President Obama</a> will attempt to build on and expand the agenda from his first, launching new initiatives on tax policy, education and immigration. But having won the popular vote by a bare majority — and still facing a divided Congress — Obama may find it difficult to gather momentum for his policies. Wed, 07 Nov 2012 15:12:43 +0000 Shelly Baskin 24216 at http://wkms.org The Morning Cram [56th quadrennial peaceful revolution edition] Plan ending free IL retiree health insurance goes to Quinn http://wkms.org/post/plan-ending-free-il-retiree-health-insurance-goes-quinn <p>Longtime Illinois state employees could be on the verge of losing the free health insurance they get in retirement.&nbsp; The state Senate approved legislation ending the benefit yesterday. It now goes to Governor Pat Quinn, who is pushing to cut retirement benefits.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 11 May 2012 13:02:21 +0000 Todd Hatton & The Associated Press 17935 at http://wkms.org Plan ending free IL retiree health insurance goes to Quinn