The Chicago Public Schools budget that is short half a billion dollars is officially enacted. The fate of that $500 million assistance is in the hands of the Illinois House, where support is currently tenuous at best. Thursday, some House lawmakers sent a message to the city and Chicago Public Schools: certain things have to happen before that chamber gets on board. What are they?
The Illinois General Assembly is in session. The governor-elect talks about the state budget, and we dive into legislation that could make state government less transparent.
Frankie Knuckles, Chicago's "godfather" of house music, died at age 59. Brandis Friedman has the story of his impact on Chicago's music culture. Watch a 2004 Artbeat special about Knuckles, and read thoughts and reflections from Chicagoans about the legendary DJ.
The Illinois House passes pension reform by 62-53-1. View an interactive vote graphic to see how each member voted.
President Obama invites House Democrats to a meeting at the White House to discuss the budget crisis. Is the government shutdown nearing its end? Carol Marin and her guests have analysis. Watch web extra videos.
The Illinois House voted against Gov. Pat Quinn's amendatory veto of concealed carry legislation, 77-31. See how House members voted in our interactive graphic.
The Illinois Senate passes a concealed carry bill by 45-12-1. See how Senate members voted in our interactive graphic.
The Illinois House passes a concealed carry bill by 85-30-1. See how House members voted in our interactive graphic.
Pension reform passes the Illinois House and a new bill is introduced in the Senate. What will Illinois pension reform look like? We chat with two of the sponsors of House Speaker Madigan’s pension proposal and two representatives who voted against the plan.