Stories by Capitol News Illinois

The Illinois Capitol dome is pictured through the trees in Springfield. (Andrew Adams / Capitol News Illinois)

AI Regulations, Ban on ‘Captive Audience’ Meetings Among 466 Bills Passed by Illinois Lawmakers This Session

A bill banning what unions refer to as employer-sponsored “captive audience” meetings about religion and politics has cleared the General Assembly. It was one of 466 measures to do so during the Illinois legislature’s spring session, including a bill allowing for digital driver’s licenses.

The Illinois State Capitol is pictured in Springfield. (Jerry Nowicki / Capitol News Illinois)

State Lawmakers Pass 250 Bills, Including Measure Targeting ‘Legacy’ Admissions at Public Universities

Amid the flurry of legislation was a measure prohibiting state universities from admitting students based on familial and donor ties, an expansion of the ban on sales of e-cigarettes to minors and a bill prohibiting stores from stocking alcoholic beverages near non-alcoholic lookalikes.

The Illinois State Capitol is pictured in Springfield. (Jerry Nowicki / Capitol News Illinois)

Hundreds of Bills Pass, Including Changes to Illinois’ Biometric Data Privacy Law

Other measures regulate garbage truck littering, allow yoga in schools

Lawmakers passed more than 200 bills this week ahead of their scheduled May 24 adjournment. Many of the measures will soon head to Gov. J.B. Pritzker, including a bill that changes how damages accrue under Illinois’ first-in-the-nation biometric data privacy law.

State Rep. Jay Hoffman, D-Swansea, smiles on the House floor after Republicans chose not to debate his proposed election law changes, instead voting present then leaving the chamber for a news conference. (Jerry Nowicki / Capitol News Illinois)

Within Hours, Illinois Democrats Introduce and Pass Changes to Ballot Access and Advisory Questions

Supermajority Democrats in the Illinois House moved quickly Wednesday to push through a change to state election laws that partially limits ballot access and adds three nonbinding referendums to the 2024 general election ballot. 

1st District Appellate Justice Jesse Reyes and state Supreme Court Justice Joy Cunningham. (Provided)

Diversity, Judicial Appointments at Issue in Illinois’ 1st District Supreme Court Race

The matchup between 1st District Appellate Justice Jesse Reyes and state Supreme Court Justice Joy Cunningham has turned up the volume on a conversation about diversity on the state Supreme Court.

At the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture on Feb. 26, 2024, Gov. J.B. Pritzker announces 10 neighborhoods in Chicago, Springfield and Champaign will be designated “cultural districts.” (Andrew Adams / Capitol News Illinois)

Pritzker Announces 10 Cultural Districts in Chicago, Champaign and Springfield

These cultural districts include ethnic enclaves in Chicago and historically Black neighborhoods in Champaign and Springfield.