January 06, 2013

Lawmaker Optimistic On Pensions Deal

With days left in the legislative session, there is still no resolution for the state’s nearly $100 billion of pension debt. But key legislators say it is still possible to cut a deal before Wednesday, when a new legislature is sworn into office.


January 06, 2013

Illinois House Meets on Pensions

The Illinois House was scheduled to convene Sunday afternoon, for a final push to find a fix for the state’s massive pension crisis.


January 04, 2013

Pension Talks Continue Over Weekend

Illinois lawmakers are still scrambling to find an agreement on how to reform the state’s massively underfunded pension systems.


January 04, 2013

Gay Marriage Supporters in Illinois Look to Next Session

Illinois moved one step closer to legalizing gay marriage on Thursday. A Senate panel sent the measure to the floor on a strict party-line vote, but some key absences meant there weren’t enough votes to pass it in the full Senate.


January 04, 2013

Indiana Lawmakers Seek $10M for School Protection

A legislative proposal in Indiana would help that state put more police officers in schools. Proponents say the legislation isn’t meant to be a response to last month’s Connecticut school shooting.


January 03, 2013

Flu Cases Up in Champaign County

The administrator of Champaign-Urbana’s Public Health District says more people than usual are dealing with the flu this winter.


January 03, 2013

Indiana Lawmaker Wants Lord’s Prayer in Schools

A Republican state senator is pushing for Indiana’s public school students to start the school day by reciting the Lord’s Prayer.

Senate education committee chairman Dennis Kruse of Auburn has filed legislation that would let school districts require the prayer to be recited, but would also grant broad exemptions.

The measure might have little chance of winning approval since the Senate’s leader has assigned it to the rules committee, which rarely advances bills.

But it’s part of a broader push by Kruse and other lawmakers to put religion in Indiana’s public schools.

Kruse sponsored a bill last year seeking to allow schools to teach creationism, the belief that life was created as described in the Bible. This year, he’s seeking to allow questioning by teachers of scientific principles like evolution.


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