Kyle McCarter en On Schools Budget, Republicans Say Not Enough <p>Another key component of the Illinois state budget moved through the General Assembly on Wednesday. The Democrats' spending plan prevents what could have been steep cuts for schools, but Republicans say students outside Chicago are getting shortchanged.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Democrats are approving mostly level funding for elementary and high schools in Illinois. That's significant because education spending, like most areas of the state budget, has been cut in recent years. And Gov. Pat Quinn's budget proposal said even deeper cuts would be necessary.</p> Thu, 30 May 2013 11:30:00 +0000 Brian Mackey 3459 at Illinois Senate Sends Medical Marijuana To Governor <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Illinois Senate approved <a href=";GAID=12&amp;GA=98&amp;DocTypeID=HB&amp;LegID=68357&amp;SessionID=85">legislation</a> Friday that would legalize the medical use of marijuana.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In the end, the vote was not that close — 35 senators voted yes, 21 no.</span></p> Fri, 17 May 2013 20:55:15 +0000 Brian Mackey 2851 at Illinois Senate Sends Medical Marijuana To Governor