Latest Illinois state government News

6 air fields cited as 'Airport of the Year' by IDOT

May. 27, 2018 9:27 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Six air fields have been selected as winners of the Illinois Department of Transportation's Airport of the Year for 2018. Honors were given this past week by Gov. Bruce Rauner at the Illinois Aviation Conference in Springfield. Honorees this year are MidAmerica St. Louis Airport ,...

Illinois Senate wants more health data on veterans

May. 25, 2018 2:10 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — 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 Senate voted 50-0 Friday to require the Department of Veterans' Affairs to inform lawmakers of the health of all...

Illinois House nixes plan to use drones for crowd-monitoring

May. 25, 2018 1:53 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Legislation to allow Chicago police to use drones for surveillance of large crowds has failed in the Illinois House. Chicago Democratic Rep. John D'Amico (dih-MEE'-koh) said Friday that drones can help prevent mass shootings like the one last year at a Las Vegas music festival. The...

Illinois House OKs bill to pay back wages owed state workers

May. 25, 2018 1:11 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois House has approved a measure to provide back pay to thousands of state workers who've been waiting for it since 2011. The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports the bill passed the House 98-10 Thursday. It now moves to the Senate. The legislation authorizes...

Bipartisan group file legislation reinstating death penalty

May. 24, 2018 7:38 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A bipartisan group of Illinois legislators have introduced a bill that would reinstate the death penalty for convicted mass murderers and killers of first responders. The bill was crafted by Democratic State Rep. Jerry Costello II of Smithton, Republican Rep. John Cabello of...

Lawmaker charging retaliation wants complaint system changes

May. 24, 2018 7:04 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The process for investigating ethics complaints in the Illinois General Assembly is rife with "trap doors, blind alleys and loopholes" set up to bury politically sensitive grievances, a lawmaker who claims retaliation from the House speaker said Thursday. Rep. Kelly Cassidy called...

The Latest: Lawmakers' plan addresses investigative process

May. 24, 2018 6:19 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Latest on Rep. Kelly Cassidy's call for a new system to investigate legislative ethics complaints (all times local): 5:20 p.m. Illinois lawmakers studying remedies to sexual harassment in state government say they are considering measures suggested by a colleague who claims...

Illinois House considers using marijuana to fight opioids

May. 24, 2018 3:27 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois House panel has endorsed a proposal expanding the use of medical marijuana to fight the state's opioid crisis. The House Executive committee voted 8-3 Thursday. The plan would allow individuals who qualify for opioid prescriptions to apply for the state's medical...

Rauner's gun veto not all or nothing, aide says

May. 23, 2018 7:38 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner is not demanding reinstatement of the death penalty in exchange for Democratic-favored gun restrictions in an all-or-nothing package, an aide said after testimony before a House committee Wednesday. David Risley, the Republican's director of criminal justice and...

The Latest: Rauner urges lawmakers to mull entire gun plan

May. 23, 2018 6:33 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois House has approved legislation to create a procedure to temporarily confiscate guns from people threatening violence. The House voted 80-32 Wednesday. Democratic Rep. Kathleen Willis of Addison is the sponsor of what she calls a "red-flag bill." The measure allows...