Wednesday, February 27, 2013
The bill now faces one final obstacle: the Illinois House floor.
The Senate-cleared same-sex marriage bill took its first step towards passage in the state House today after passing a 6-5 Executive Committee vote, the Chicago Tribune reports. READ: Illinois Senate Passes Historic Same Sex Marriage Bill The bill now faces what is expected to be its toughest challenge yet. House floor action is essentially the last step in its passage as Gov. Pat Quinn already expressed his endorsement of the bill. Get the rest of the story by the Chicago Tribune
Thursday, March 29, 2012
U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush of the 1st Congressional District wore the hooded sweatshirt to protest the killing of Trayvon Martin.
Rep. Bobby Rush was asked to leave the House floor Wednesday morning after he donned a gray hoodie and sunglasses to protest the killing of Florida teen Trayvon Martin. Rush was addressing the issue Wednesday morning when he took off his suit jacket, as shown in the clip above. "Just because someone wears a hoodie, does not make them a hoodlum," Rush said. Presiding officer Gregg Harper (R-Miss.) cut off Rush several times and asked the sergeant at arms to enforce the House's chamber dress code, The Huffington Post reports. Rush then left the chamber. Trayvon Martin, 17, was shot and killed while walking unarmed through a Sanford, Fla. neighborhood on Feb. 26. His shooter, George Zimmerman, says he shot Maritn in self-defense. Zimmerman…
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Bobby Rush cast a 'yes' vote Monday to support the debt ceiling compromise.
As the U.S. Senate prepared to vote on a debt ceiling deal that passed through the House of Representatives on Monday by a count of 269 to 161, Rep. Bobby L. Rush (D-IL) said he’s confident that the compromise both sides made Sunday will be in the best interest of the American people. The proposed deal allows for robust U.S. borrowing by the Treasury in exchange for more than $2 trillion in long-term spending cuts. By voting "yes," Rush said, "I stand in support of the President and bipartisan leaders who were determined to avert a fiscal crisis of major proportions.” “… I realize that not raising the debt ceiling would have destabilized American households and increased worries and concerns among many hard-hit seniors, the unemployed and …
Friday, March 4, 2011
The Illinois General Assembly is considering lifting smoking ban on select businesses.
Three years after pushing for a smoke-free state, the Illinois General Assembly is considering two bills that would allow smoking in select businesses with liquor licenses and could bring more revenue to the state. Under House Bill 1310, local liquor control commissions could issue smoking licenses to eligible businesses that gain most of their revenue from liquor sales. Meanwhile, House Bill 171 would allow qualifying businesses to have smoking in isolated ventilated smoking rooms. Out of the 19 businesses in Evergreen Park that currently have liquor licenses, at least three of them are bars that gain a substantial amount of their revenue from liquor sales. They could possibly be eligible to apply for a smoking license under the new …
Monday, February 21, 2011
Sen. Mark Kirk answered questions and outlined his view on the budget deficit in a town hall meeting Saturday.
As a budget battle looms in the nation's capital, U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) focused his remarks on the federal deficit and spending during a town hall forum in Frankfort on Saturday. Kirk took questions from attendees who filled an elementary school gym looking for the opportunity to hear and question their senator. “I don’t want you to walk out of here feeling completely bad about the future of the United States,” Kirk said, before launching into a discussion on growing federal spending. The event was supposed to feature freshman Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-11th). An early-morning budget vote prevented Kinzinger from attending in person, but he made remarks via videoconference. Kinzinger echoed Kirk’s belief that Congress should cut …
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Squeezing in votes before the lame duck session ended, the Illinois General Assembly approved an income tax increase.
The Illinois General Assembly passed a 66 percent personal income tax increase, with the Senate approving Senate Bill 2505 early Wednesday morning by a 60-57 vote along party lines. State Sen. Edward Maloney (D-18th District) voted "Yes." State Rep. Mchael Carberry (D-36th District) also voted "Yes." Newly elected State Rep. Kelly Burke was sworn in on Wednesday, and did not vote on the tax hike. According to an Illinois Statehouse News report, personal income tax rates will climb to 5 percent from the 3 percent; the corporate income tax will raise to 7 percent, up from 4.9 percent. Both increases go into effect immediately. The increases are expected to generate more than $6 billion annually in order to pay down the state’s deficit, which…