The Illinois Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a law that requires young women to notify their parents before getting an abortion. The decision ends a legal fight that goes all the way back to the 1990s.
For the first time since the law passed nearly two decades ago, women 17 and younger who want to have an abortion will have to get their parents' permission.
Illinois' parental-notification law was passed in 1995, during a brief period when Republicans won control of the Illinois House.
Illinois lawmakers thought they were in the clear after meeting a federal court's deadline to pass a concealed carry law by Tuesday. But the Illinois State Rifle Association says that's not good enough.
The Rifle Association believes lawmakers did not meet their deadline because the state's ban on carrying guns outside the home remains in effect.
Attorneys representing 25 same-sex couples suing over the Illinois' gay marriage ban are asking a judge to rule quickly in their favor. Lambda Legal and the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois filed a motion for summary judgment Wednesday in Cook County Circuit Court.
They say the judge could rule as soon as Aug. 6, when oral arguments are scheduled on a defense motion to dismiss the lawsuit. The suit was filed last year by couples denied marriage licenses in Cook County.
Governor Pat Quinn had harsh criticism for a bipartisan panel of legislators assigned to draft a new plan to reduce the state's pension costs. He wanted legislation passed Tuesday. Lawmakers say they're close, but Quinn is not helping.
Quinn was quick to criticize lawmakers' failure to pass pension legislation in time to meet his July 9 due date.
Gov. Pat Quinn used his veto power Wednesday to eliminate salaries for Illinois legislators. Quinn says until lawmakers fix the state's pension problem, they shouldn't get paid.
On Illinois' $100-billion unfunded pension liability, Quinn has been setting deadlines for more than a year. Until now, there haven't been any direct consequences for lawmakers when they've blown each of those deadlines.
Gov. Pat Quinn says lawmakers who didn't send him a pension overhaul bill have let down Illinois taxpayers. The Chicago Democrat set Tuesday as a deadline for a bipartisan pension panel to report back with a plan. That was even as members of the so-called conference committee formed last month called his deadline arbitrary and irresponsible. Quinn says there'll be consequences for lawmakers. He's declined to say exactly what he'd do.
The Illinois House has rejected Gov. Pat Quinn's changes to legislation allowing the carrying of concealed guns on the deadline for action set by a federal court.
If the Senate approves it later today, Illinois would join the rest of the nation in allowing firearms to be carried in public.
The House voted 77-31 to override the Democratic governor's amendatory veto. Quinn had used his veto authority to suggest changes such as prohibiting guns in restaurants that serve alcohol and limiting gun-toting citizens to one firearm at a time.
A bipartisan panel finished a third meeting about the state's $97 billion pension crisis as another deadline set by Gov. Pat Quinn is set to lapse without a solution. The group has now asked for reports of the cost-savings of a university-backed retirement funding proposal after meeting Monday in Springfield. Quinn gave the committee a Tuesday deadline to achieve pension reform. Lawmakers moved to form the committee after a compromise couldn't be reached last month.
Gov. Pat Quinn says he's ready for a ``showdown'' in Springfield over concealed carry legislation. The Chicago Democrat has spent days making appearances talking up his sweeping changes to a bill that'd make Illinois the last state to allow concealed weapons. But lawmakers are expected to override Quinn's changes when they meet Tuesday in Springfield. The bill's sponsor, among others, says the original measure came out of months of negotiations. Quinn wouldn't say if he has the votes, but says he's working on it. He says the bill was influenced heavily by the National Rifle Association.
Retiring Chicago Alderman Dick Mell says his falling out with son-in-law Rod Blagojevich and the former Illinois governor's imprisonment for corruption continue to weigh heavily on him. Mell spoke with reporters Friday about his nearly 40 years as a City Council member. The 75-year-old says the events surrounding his son-in-law and his wife's death were two painful episodes in his life. He says they ``put a damper'' on what he otherwise regards as a lucky and fulfilling life. Mell says it was difficult to say what he really feels about Blagojevich, but he hopes Blagojevich gets an appeal and that his 14-year sentence could be reduced. Mell aided Blagojevich's rise to governor, but says he now wished he had ``done things differently.''
Governor Pat Quinn took his anti-gun message to the streets Friday. He spoke with reporters outside Wrigley Field in Chicago. People come to Wrigleyville to watch the Chicago Cubs. Many of them also come to drink. The neighborhood is home to many bars, and Quinn used that to highlight a change he's demanding in concealed-carry legislation. As originally passed by the House and Senate, guns would only be banned at businesses that get more than half their revenue from selling alcohol -- basically, that means bars.
This week, a new Illinois Supreme Court rule took effect that's intended to make it easier for spouses of military personnel to get a law license.
Angela Allen practices law in Chicago and, with a husband in the Illinois National Guard, she's one of about 800 members of the Military Spouse J.D. Network.
Allen says the job market for lawyers is tough enough as it is, but with the frequent transfers that are a part of military life, she says the time and expense of getting a new state law license made it even harder on the lawyer-spouses.
DeLoyce McMurray served in the Marine Corps during World War II. He and more than 19,000 other African Americans became known as "Montford Point Marines" — named for the location of their segregated boot camp.
Illinois U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin was in Springfield Tuesday, presiding over a ceremony to honor a World War II veteran.
Four days after DeLoyce McMurray graduated from high school, he joined the Marines. But instead of training at Parris Island, McMurray was sent to Montford Point. That's where the segregated Marine Corps trained its African-American recruits.
With a week to go before a deadline requiring Illinois allow people to carry guns in public, Gov. Pat Quinn today vetoed the legislation that would have authorized concealed carry. The Democrat claims he's concerned about public safety, but he's already under fire by critics who say it's a political stunt. The measure's sponsor has already filed paperwork to override Quinn's changes.
Illinois is the only state in the nation without some form of concealed carry.
Lawmakers are being called back to Springfield to consider Gov. Pat Quinn's proposed changes on a concealed carry bill. House Speaker Michael Madigan's spokesman Steve Brown said Tuesday the House will convene in regular session July 9. Senate President John Cullerton's spokeswoman says senators will join them. That's the day Illinois must meet a court-mandated deadline to legalize concealed carry. Quinn used his amendatory veto power Tuesday to make significant changes. But the bill's sponsor intends to call for an override.
Gov. Pat Quinn says he wants to change concealed carry legislation because it has ``serious flaws'' and was inspired by the National Rifle Association. The Chicago Democrat held a news conference in downtown Chicago on Tuesday to announce that he's using his amendatory veto power to add ammunition limits, bar guns in establishments serving alcohol and says local governments should be able to enact their own local laws in some cases.
Illinois is quickly approaching a federal court's deadline of July 9 for the state to have a concealed carry law.
Every other state has some type of law that lets an average person carry a gun in public. But not Illinois where only those in certain professions can - namely police, retired law enforcement and security guards on the job.
Illinois is under a court order to lift that ban.
Legislators crafted a plan for how they want it done. Now everyone's waiting for Gov. Pat Quinn to take action.
University of Illinois employees are set to receive pay hikes this year, and just how much will depend on their performance. The school's leader says he's trying to provide a more stable financial environment for staff, even in the face of the state's unstable finances.
In a letter to employees*, University of Illinois President Robert Easter says competitive compensation is essential to recruit and retain top faculty and staff. And yet, he writes, "we must recognize the many uncertainties and challenges before us."
Gov. Pat Quinn says he'll make a decision on whether to sign a concealed carry bill ``very shortly.'' Illinois faces a July 9 deadline to legalize carry of weapons after a federal appeals court found Illinois' ban unconstitutional. But Quinn has given few hints about what he'll do, even after lawmakers asked him to make a decision quickly to they can plan next steps. Quinn could veto the measure which outlines who can carry. Quinn declined to give details Monday after signing a school safety bill. He says a decision is ``imminent.''
After years of state budget cuts, Illinois schools will get roughly level funding under legislation signed into law Thursday. But Governor Pat Quinn says it's still not enough.
Earlier this year, Quinn said Illinois' budget problems meant the state had to reduce school spending. But lawmakers decided not to cut the education budget, in part because Illinois collected more taxes in April than it anticipated.
The extra money will go to elementary and high schools, community colleges, and public universities. It also funds MAP grants for needy college students.
Expect a raucous time at this weekend's annual Pride Parade in Chicago. Gay right activists will celebrate the death of "DOMA," or the Defense of Marriage Act. Wednesday's Supreme Court ruling declaring the Act unconstitutional is a major victory for advocates, who had a disappointing spring in Illinois. The House of Representatives adjourned in late May without taking a vote on a measure to legalize gay marriage in the state. Activists say they're hopeful the federal ruling will put additional pressure on state legislators to pass a law. For the meantime, figuring out just what the r
Governor Pat Quinn says Illinois' failure to solve its pension problem means the state will have to pay $130 million more in interest on bonds it sold Wednesday. But a new study is questioning Illinois' low debt rating.
Illinois got an average interest rate of five percent on the $1.3 billion bond sale — and had to turn away many potential buyers.
State Sen. Bill Brady on Wednesday formally announced a third bid to be the governor of Illinois.
The Bloomington Republican says he isn't giving up on Illinois despite the state's serious fiscal challenges. He also says he'll veto any attempt the extend the 2011 tax increase, which is scheduled to begin rolling back in 2015.
Brady says he learned a lot about appealing statewide since 2010, when he narrowly emerged as the Republican primary victor. Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn defeated him by less than one percent of 3.6 million votes.
Gov. Pat Quinn says Illinois will pay an extra $130 million in interest on a bond issue this week due to lowered credit ratings because the state has not been able to solve its pension crisis. The state sold $1.3 billion in bonds to pay for transportation projects around the state, including redevelopment of a Chicago mass transit line, road repairs and new buildings at university campuses.
An Illinois House and Senate conference committee will meet tomorrow in Chicago as members try to work out a compromise on the state's pension problem. Ten lawmakers, six of them Democrats, make up the panel. It was formed after a pension deal eluded the General Assembly in the spring. Republican Jil Tracy of Mount Sterling is among those given the task of coming up with a solution.
Governor Pat Quinn is giving legislators less than three weeks to come together on a pension overhaul. So far the formation of a rare “conference committee” is the only result of the special legislative session Quinn called to deal with the state’s pension problem.