Illinois Senate http://wkms.org en Senator 'Disappointed' by Gun Proposal Failure http://wkms.org/post/senator-disappointed-gun-proposal-failure <p></p><p>U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk says he's disappointed that the Senate has rejected expanded background checks for gun purchases.</p><p>Kirk was one of four Republicans to vote in favor of the proposal, which failed Wednesday, 56-46. Five Senate Democrats voted against the measure. Thu, 18 Apr 2013 12:24:07 +0000 Whitney Jones & The Associated Press 30722 at http://wkms.org Senator 'Disappointed' by Gun Proposal Failure IL Senate Adjourns Early http://wkms.org/post/il-senate-adjourns-early <p></p><p>The Illinois Senate adjourned yesterday, canceling today’s session, but Senate President John Cullerton told senators to be prepared to return Tuesday in case action is needed after a House session. The Senate planned no major action on the pension crisis. However, a more comprehensive proposal is waiting in the House, which will convene Sunday through Wednesday. Fri, 04 Jan 2013 13:47:53 +0000 Whitney Jones & The Associated Press 26392 at http://wkms.org IL Senate Adjourns Early Illinois Tuition Waiver Oversight Moves to Legislature http://wkms.org/post/illinois-tuition-waiver-oversight-moves-legislature <p>An Illinois Senate education committee has approved a measure to end the controversial legislative scholarship program. The measure creates a task force to study all state university tuition waivers. The existing program allows lawmakers to award two students in their district a four-year tuition waiver to a state university. The measure came under fire after reports that lawmakers have given awards to relatives, children of political allies or students outside their district.</p> Wed, 02 May 2012 21:07:31 +0000 Drew Adams 17834 at http://wkms.org Illinois Tuition Waiver Oversight Moves to Legislature