Illinois lawmakers are off to a busy start this year. The 97th Illinois General Assembly will be sworn in next week but current House and Senate members are already back at work for a short veto session.Among the items up for consideration are proposals to bring casino gambling to Chicago,
Illinois may be losing a Congressional seat, but new census figures could be good news for the state’s Latinos. A U.S. Census Bureau estimate for 2009 suggests the number of Latinos in the state had grown by almost 440,000 since 2000.
Illinois lawmakers are considering some hot-button measures this week. The state House of Representatives has voted down a medical-marijuana bill and approved an expansion of rights for same-sex couples.
Illinois lawmakers are considering a bill that would license nationally certified midwives to attend home births in the state without supervision by a physician or an advanced nurse.The measure’s chief sponsor, state Rep.
A group of civic and religious leaders in Chicago is calling on mayoral hopefuls to fight a state bill that would allow casinos into downtown Chicago. Rev. Philip Blackwell is part of the decades-old Task Force to Oppose Casino Gambling in Chicago.Rev.