"Tax by the Mile" Alternative Passes Illinois LegislatureRemember the Illinois proposal to "tax by the mile"? The visceral backlash may have helped spark a more reasonable alternative.
Illinois Lawmakers Approve Higher-Ed FundsMetro East lawmakers applaud the effort to keep colleges and universities running amidst budget stalemate.
Haine: Don't Tax by the Mile, Stop Taking Money from the Road FundHaine says he never would have supported such a plan because in his district, as in many rural areas, people drive longer distances to go to work.
State Senator: More Can Be Done to Prevent Violent Crimes by Mentally IllA state senator from the Metro-East thinks more can be done to keep the mentally ill from committing violent crimes with guns and other weapons.
Fred Winters Park Dedicated Late Maryville, Ill. pastor's wife speaks at ceremony
Illinois Legislature Sends Medical Marijuana Bill to Gov. QuinnThe 35-21 Senate vote was much less narrow than a 61-57 vote in the Illinois House last month.
Quinn Toughens Illinois Terror SentencesThe sponsor, Senator Bill Haine of Alton, says he was inspired by the case of an Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville student.
The Mark Reardon Show: Super Tuesday Review, Anti Gun Laws, Missouri Senator, New iPad, Former Cardinal Pitcher, 2012 Major Concerts
Ill. Health Exchange Committee Still WorkingWas to issue recommendations last Friday

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