General Assembly

More Legislators Back a Renewed Death Penalty in IllinoisSome state legislators believe a heftier penalty should be set for killers of children or law enforcement.
Rauner Removes Medicaid Coverage from Heroin-Overdose BillGov. Bruce Rauner has returned legislation to the General Assembly that attempts to curtail heroin overdoses, fearing a burdensome cost to the state.
Rauner Opens Illinois State Fair Despite Not Having BudgetGov. Bruce Rauner, the former college football quarterback, presaged Friday's Illinois State Fair kickoff with a pep-rally cheer: "Let's have fun, let's open these gates up and celebrate with this fair. Let's go, 2015!''
Gov. Rauner Signs Lawmakers' Rejected Pay HikeGov. Bruce Rauner has signed a law barring Illinois lawmakers from receiving a pay raise this year.
House Panel OKs Federal-Funding Plan Over Rauner's ProtestWhat began as a bipartisan effort to distribute $5 billion in federal funds, and keep some Illinois programs afloat despite a budget stalemate, appeared Tuesday to be headed for a veto by Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner amid a continuing financing feud with Democrats in the General Assembly.
Governor Nixon Vetoes Right-to-Work BillGovernor Nixon has struck down legislation that would make Missouri a Right-to-Work state.
Illinois Justices Overturn State's Landmark 2013 Pension Law Illinois Supreme Court on Friday struck down a 2013 law that sought to fix the nation's worst government-employee pension crisis, a ruling that forces the state to find another way to overcome a massive budget deficit.
Bill to Extend Medical Cannabis Pilot ProgramThe red tape holding up an actual, legal, medical marijuana transaction in Illinois should not count against people who need the drug, according to a bill in the General Assembly.
Missouri Falls Short of National Average When it Comes to Pay EqualityWomen make 71 cents to every $1 men make in Missouri. The national average is 78 cents to the dollar, according to Doyle.
Legislation Filed to Prohibit Sale of Bonds for St. Louis StadiumRepublican Sen. Ryan Silvey, R-Kansas City, filed legislation Thursday to block the sale or refinancing of bonds by Gov. Jay Nixon to fund a new NFL stadium.
Durbin Says He’s Against 'Right to Work' Laws and Doesn’t Want Them in IllinoisDurbin says if the result of a right-to-work law is reducing pay and preventing employees from collectively bargaining over workplace conditions, the idea “doesn’t do workers any favors.”
Rauner Says His Agenda Will Make Illinois More Competitive"We must avoid slipping further behind other states in the quality of our children's education, the capacity of our economy to grow, and our ability to care for our state's most vulnerable,'' Rauner told members of the General Assembly."

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