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The Illinois General Assembly returns for the final day of its spring session not much closer to a budget agreement than when it started in January.

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The Illinois General Assembly is back to work after the Senate approved a major spending package.

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The Illinois Senate has adjourned without taking action on remaining items from the "grand bargain" budget compromise. 

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Illinois officials are poised to consider the status of the pension Dennis Hastert receives for the time he served in the state's General Assembly.

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The Illinois General Assembly is back in Springfield and is heading into the final six weeks of its spring session.

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The Illinois General Assembly left the capital city last week for a two-week spring break — without progress on an annual budget.

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The consequences of Illinois lawmakers' failure to approve a state budget continue to pile up, while neither side in the yearlong political battle appears willing to budge. 

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The Illinois House returns to action today with a long list of legislation slated for committee hearings — but none about the unsettled budget that should have taken effect last July. 

A proposed solution to Illinois' historic $100 million pension crisis is hanging in the balance as the state Legislature's October veto session approaches.

Key Democrats on a pension panel are pushing a plan to save the state $138 billion over the next 30 years, but Republican lawmakers want a number of changes.

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A possible speed limit change on Illinois interstates may keep motorists from slowing down when they cross into the Land of Lincoln.

Both houses of the Illinois General Assembly have passed a bill that would raise the speed limit on interstate highways from 65 to 70 mph. Kentucky and Tennessee interstate speed limits are 70 mph in most non-metropolitan  areas.

The bill awaits action by Gov. Pat Quinn, who said he was undecided on the matter last month. If Quinn vetoes the bill, the Senate can override him with a three-fifths majority vote.

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