Dennis Reboletti http://wuis.org en Chapa LaVia's Perceived Slight Overshadows Charter Debate http://wuis.org/post/chapa-lavias-perceived-slight-overshadows-charter-debate <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>An Illinois lawmaker is apologizing for a racially charged remark she made Wednesday during a debate on charter schools.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Rep. Linda </span>Chapa<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>LaVia<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> (D-Aurora) was closing a long debate over charter schools. But just as she argued minority students sometimes get blocked from charters, she seemed to get frustrated with the noise in the chamber, and turned to address her fellow Democrats.</span></p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 20:08:15 +0000 Hannah Meisel 22686 at http://wuis.org Chapa LaVia's Perceived Slight Overshadows Charter Debate Legislation Targets Conservation Police http://wuis.org/post/legislation-targets-conservation-police <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A group of lawmakers is challenging the broad powers enjoyed by Illinois' conservation police officers. At issue is whether the officers can operate on private land without a warrant.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Illinois law lets conservation police enter "all lands and waters" to enforce the Wildlife Code. The idea is, even if you have a huge private forest, you’re not allowed to, say, shoot a deer out of season.</span></p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 12:00:50 +0000 Brian Mackey 20048 at http://wuis.org Legislation Targets Conservation Police Listen To Gov. Pat Quinn's State Of The State Address http://wuis.org/post/listen-gov-pat-quinns-state-state-address <p></p><p></p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 21:48:12 +0000 Sean Crawford 17903 at http://wuis.org Listen To Gov. Pat Quinn's State Of The State Address Voices In The News 2013 http://wuis.org/post/voices-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 http://wuis.org Voices In The News 2013 Democrats Advance Kinder Budget http://wuis.org/post/democrats-advance-kinder-budget <p style="font-size: 16px; margin-bottom: 24px; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: Georgia, 'Bitstream Charter', serif;">The bulk of a new state budget passed out of the Illinois House Tuesday, and now heads to the Senate. It's far less harsh than lawmakers had been predicting at the start of the legislative session.&nbsp;</p><p style="font-size: 16px; margin-bottom: 24px; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: Georgia, 'Bitstream Charter', serif;">&nbsp;</p> Wed, 29 May 2013 12:31:00 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 3389 at http://wuis.org