SPRINGFIELD -- The Illinois House Insurance and Prescription Drug Affordability and Accessibility joint committee listened to testimony Friday on the rising cost of prescription drugs for some of the state's most vulnerable citizens.
Jan. 8 marked the end of the 100th General Assembly in Springfield, and almost certainly the end of any chance at transparency in contract negotiations between Illinois school districts and the all-powerful, politically connected teachers’ unions, says an outgoing legislator.
Springfield lawmakers are being pressured to add 20 to 30 cents to Illinois's gas tax, which could make it the highest fuel tax in the nation, a Chicago-based conservative think tank reported earlier this month.
In the final days of the 100th General Assembly, a bill that makes changes to the Illinois Lottery Law and raises the salaries of 49 state employees passed with 68 yes votes and 37 no votes. Two members voted "present."