Ken Dunkin en Lawmakers Call For Transparency From IHSA <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The organization that coordinates Illinois high school sports and activities was under scrutiny Tuesday in Springfield. Lawmakers want the Illinois High School Association to be more transparent, but the not-for-profit group is pushing back.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">While Illinois high schools are not required to become IHSA members, the organization does run the major statewide competitions.</span></p> Tue, 20 May 2014 21:15:16 +0000 Hannah Meisel 25691 at Lawmakers Call For Transparency From IHSA Minimum Wage Debate Moves To Universities <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The president of Southern Illinois University came out against raising the state's minimum wage on Thursday. President Glenn Poshard says it'd be too big a hit on the school's bottom line.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">While the battle for a higher minimum wage brews in Springfield, </span>Poshard<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> warns of casualties in Carbondale and </span>Edwardsville<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Programs at those two campuses, he says, would be hurt in the long run.</span></p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 23:55:35 +0000 Hannah Meisel 19385 at Minimum Wage Debate Moves To Universities Black Lawmakers Block Chicago Gun Bill <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The city of Chicago had a setback in Springfield Thursday.</span></p><p>Mayor Rahm Emanuel has been pushing to increase prison sentences for people convicted of gun crimes. But on the last day of the Illinois legislature's fall veto session, a group of African-American legislators used a parliamentary maneuver to block him.</p><p>Such tactics are not uncommon in politics — but this was a rare example of Illinois Democrats pulling a fast one on members of their own party.</p> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Brian Mackey 12594 at Black Lawmakers Block Chicago Gun Bill