Bills Proposed to Make Attacks on Police Hate CrimesRepublican Rep. Marsha Haefner's bill would consider certain offenses hate crimes if they were committed because the victim worked as an officer or first responder.
Hermann Business Owner Accuses City of Trying to Outlaw NoiseA Hermann business owner says the noise ordinance will hurt economy.
New Bill to Protect Domestic Violence Victims from EvictionThe bill gained passage and is expected to be signed into law by Mayor Slay.
Two Illinois Senators Push For Ethics LegislationTwo downstate Illinois senators are unveiling legislation that bans agency directors from campaigning for political candidates.
Defense Chief: 9/11 Bill Could Be Devastating to U.S. MilitaryLegislation that would allow the families of Sept. 11 victims to sue the government of Saudi Arabia for allegedly backing the terrorists who carried out the attacks could be devastating to the U.S. military.
Teens React to Tobacco 21 LawNow that "Tobacco 21" is the law, how are teens reacting?
Mo. Governor Nixes 22 Bills; Might Be Overturned in Veto SessionThe 22 vetoed bills encompass everything from remote-controlled tractor trailers to voter IDs.
Illinois Representative Proposes Serial Number on All BulletsRep. Sonya Harper proposed a bill that would require serial numbers on all bullets sold in the state of Illinois.
Illinois Governor Vetoes Prison Room and Board LawsuitThey proposed the legislation saying the practice is unfair, overly punitive and Illinois collects less from the lawsuits than it costs to pursue them.
Rauner Surprises GOP with Stance on Birth Control, AbortionsOne of bills extends insurance coverage for nearly all contraceptives.
Governor Signs Bill Reducing Marijuana Penalties in IllinoisMarijuana possession in small amounts in Illinois will be punishable by fines but not jail time after Gov. Bruce Rauner signed legislation Friday that makes the state the third largest to decriminalize minor pot offenses.
New Missouri Law Will Require Review of Welfare RollsNixon said he won't sign the measure, but he's not vetoing it.