Ann Williams en Illinois Could Prohibit Smoking On College Campuses <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Smoking could be banned at all of Illinois' public colleges under legislation passed by the General Assembly. Though several campuses have already gone smoke-free, this measure would make it illegal to smoke anywhere at the state's 12 public universities, plus its community colleges.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Though the final vote mostly fell upon party lines — Democrats in favor and Republicans opposed — some lawmakers crossed ideological boundaries.</span></p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 21:27:40 +0000 Hannah Meisel 27535 at Illinois Could Prohibit Smoking On College Campuses Lawmakers Push To Fight Patent, Copyright Trolls <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Lawmakers are considering proposals to stop so-called "patent trolls." They say people who fraudulently collect fines under the guise of protecting intellectual property are hurting small businesses.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"Patent trolls" and their lesser-known cousins, "copyright trolls," basically search for opportunities to make money by claiming someone has used a protected idea without permission.</span></p> Thu, 29 May 2014 22:19:48 +0000 Hannah Meisel 26220 at Lawmakers Push To Fight Patent, Copyright Trolls Voices In The News 2013 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As we get ready to welcome 2014, we thought we’d take a few minutes to reflect on some of the voices in the news this past year in Illinois state politics and government. People in the Capitol were busy with same-sex marriage, medical marijuana, and dozens of other issues. What follows are a few of the more memorable moments.</span></p> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 20:43:22 +0000 Brian Mackey 16041 at Voices In The News 2013