Harris reintroduces bill easing gender-marker change

by Matt Simonette 2017-02-01 Windy City Times State Rep. Greg Harris (D), on Feb. 1, re-introduced legislation allowing transgender Illinoisans to more easily change the gender-marker on their birth certificate. While the state has allowed for changing gender-markers since the ’50s, current law requires the applicant to show proof that they have undergone gender-reassignment surgery, […]

Madigan and Rauner meet, Republicans left scratching their heads

Tina Sfondeles @TinaSfon | email Chicago Sun-Times SPRINGFIELD — House Speaker Michael Madigan finally met with the other legislative leaders and Gov. Bruce Rauner on Tuesday — but he left Republicans more confused than ever. The powerful Southwest Side Democrat emerged from the once postponed meeting and told reporters he’d appointed a member of his caucus as […]

Bill on nonprofit salaries faces early 2013 vote

Measure would require more transparency on executive pay at publicly funded organizations By Matthew Walberg, Chicago Tribune reporter 7:04 PM CST, December 24, 2012 A bill that would require greater transparency on how much executives at publicly funded nonprofit organizations are paid is expected to be voted on by House lawmakers early next year. The […]

Editorial: Legalize gay marriage now

It’s time for gay marriage in Illinois. Not in the distant future. Not in the near future. But now. Backers of a same-sex marriage bill announced last week that they were “within striking” distance of the votes needed to pass the “Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act” in the Illinois Legislature. They hope to pull […]

Supporters say they’re close to passing gay marriage in Illinois

By Ray LongClout Street12:25 p.m. CST, December 13, 2012SPRINGFIELD — Gay marriage supporters said today they have moved to “within striking distance” of collecting enough votes to pass a bill in early January. Sen. Heather Steans and Rep. Greg Harris unveiled plans to take up the measure in the closing days of the current General Assembly […]

Department on Aging’s approach sought to protect homebound disabled adults

By GEORGE PAWLACZYK AND BETH HUNDSDORFER — News-Democrat                                     The Illinois Department on Aging will be asked to help carry out reforms to protect disabled adults who live at home and investigate when they are neglected or abused, according to a proposal announced Friday by Gov. Pat Quinn. And Quinn named Michael McCotter, a former […]

Even More Budget Woes

At the beginning of each year the legislature typically does what are known as Supplemental Appropriations.  These supplementals are use to correct errors or under budgeting that occurred during the annual budget making process, approve new expenditures and/or distribute new income that has come in due to receipt of new grant funds, General Revenue Funds […]