ILLINOIS -- State Senator Chapin Rose (R) wants to make sure every school district gets their fair share of funding.
ILLINOIS -- Nearly $1 billion was added to the Illinois revenue stream last year. It's because of the Attorney General's Office.
ILLINOIS -- School districts could face more challenges if lawmakers pass deep budget cuts.
ILLINOIS -- They've been dubbed "cop-in-a-box," but supporters argue, speed enforcement cameras are an added tool for law enforcement.
Latest: 4:03 pm, 3/10/14, Monday MACON COUNTY -- Monday was the first chance same-sex couples could get a marriage license here.
URBANA -- The Champaign County Humane Society posted on its Facebook page information about the Humane Care for Animals Act.
ILLINOIS -- A loophole some sex offenders are jumping through could soon be closed.
ILLINOIS -- Lawmakers are moving forward to create an exclusion list of people for the Illinois Gaming Board.
ILLINOIS -- Concealed-carry is now the law in Illinois, but gun rights advocates are still fighting for more rights saying concealed-carry is just a start.
SPRINGFIELD -- Ash Wednesday is when Christians get the sign of the cross marked on their foreheads with ashes.
ILLINOIS -- Drivers who smoke behind the wheel could get a ticket if they have kids in the car.
ILLINOIS -- The state's second-in-command says she supports independent redistricting.
ILLINOIS -- Attorney General Lisa Madigan is encouraging counties in the state to move forward with same-sex marriages.
SPRINGFIELD -- The state is facing a heroin epidemic.
ILLINOIS -- The primary election is two weeks away. All four GOP candidates discussed their platforms.
ILLINOIS -- State leaders say they're doing a better job of paying the state's bills.
SPRINGFIELD -- Voters who don't want to wait until the March 18 primary don't have to.
Latest: 5:48 pm, 3/2/14, Sunday CHAMPAIGN COUNTY -- If you applied for a concealed-carry license, you might want to check your mailbox.
ILLINOIS -- State lawmakers are trying to make more room in prisons. A new bill could help do that by making the punishment for some drug crimes less severe.
SPRINGFIELD -- Prosecutors could get more time to press charges in sexual assault cases.
SPRINGFIELD -- A new audit finds more than $20 million in state tax may have been misused.
URBANA -- Champaign County became the second county in the state to issue same-sex marriage licenses. It comes just days after a federal judge ruled Cook County could do the same.
ILLINOIS -- Hundreds of workers made their voices heard Wednesday.
ILLINOIS -- Cook County is now issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
SPRINGFIELD -- Lawmakers say figuring out next year's budget is going to be their biggest challenge this spring.
CENTRAL ILLINOIS -- About a dozen cities in the state are teaming up to try to get more done in Springfield.
SPRINGFIELD -- A bill which would give cellphone owners a little more power could be up for debate in the General Assembly.
SPRINGFIELD -- One tool police can use when they need to catch a criminal is electronic surveillance. But, there's a new push to make sure it's only happening when it needs to.
Update: 10:08 pm, 2/22/14, Saturday ILLINOIS -- Sugary drinks could soon cost you more.
COOK COUNTY -- Some same-sex couples in Illinois won't have to wait until June to say "I do."
ILLINOIS -- The proposed minimum wage raise could end up costing students at state universities.
SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois' factory farms are coming under fire. Environment Illinois says these farms are contaminating the water supply.
ILLINOIS -- A measure has been endorsed by a House committee.
SPRINGFIELD -- It's been five years since the federal stimulus bill was rolled out and Vice President Joe Biden is using Illinois as an example of the program's success.
Update: 4:22 pm, 2/19/14, Wednesday SPRINGFIELD -- There's a new push to ease the rules for some repeat DUI offenders.
ILLINOIS -- The deadline to register to vote in the March primary is Tuesday at midnight.
ILLINOIS -- There's a push to crack down on people using over-the-counter medication to make illegal drugs.
ILLINOIS -- It's everyone's dream is to win the lottery, but many winners say their windfall made them a target.
ILLINOIS -- A new idea could keep 911 calls private. Currently, anyone can access the recordings through the Freedom of Information Act.
SPRINGFIELD -- As the General Assembly gets back in the swing of things, many lawmakers want to make changes to the state's concealed-carry law.
ILLINOIS -- One of the state's top leaders says our budget is a ticking time bomb, and unless everyone comes to the table in the next few weeks, there could be some problems.
ILLINOIS -- Lawmakers are looking to ease the rules when it comes to driving under the influence of marijuana.
SPRINGFIELD -- When you walk through the Capitol, you can get a history lesson on our state.
SPRINGFIELD -- If you've been on the roads, you've seen potholes and cracks.
ILLINOIS -- Could your lawmaker be a drug user?
ILLINOIS -- State Treasurer Dan Rutherford will have a long six weeks ahead of him as he tries to battle accusations of sexual harassment and political pressure just weeks before a Republican primary.
SPRINGFIELD -- Lawmakers say they'll get to work on the state budget without an idea from the governor.
SPRINGFIELD -- The state's income tax laws are getting ready to expire and lawmakers can't agree on a new set of rules.
SPRINGFIELD -- The State Board of Education (ISBE) is in charge of setting the rules for schools statewide, but one candidate for governor wants to get rid of the board.
SPRINGFIELD -- A newly proposed bill in the Illinois Senate could be a money saver.
ILLINOIS -- Leaders in the state house are pushing for an end to a popular way of getting controversial laws passed.
Latest: 5:05 pm, 2/4/14, Tuesday ILLINOIS -- The state worker behind an allegation against Treasurer Dan Rutherford has resigned.
SPRINGFIELD -- The annual budget address has been rescheduled.
SPRINGFIELD -- Here at WCIA-3, when we Dig Deeper into issues for you, we often have to file Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.
SPRINGFIELD -- If you follow the state news headlines, you might be a little confused.
SPRINGFIELD -- Lawmakers are taking aim at school funding saying the current system is unfair.
SPRINGFIELD -- Under a proposal from the speaker of the Illinois house, corporations across the state could see their income tax rates slashed in half.
SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois is expected to have some of the slowest job growth in the country this year.
SPRINGFIELD -- Many workers support one of Governor Quinn's new proposals.
ILLINOIS -- Wednesday, Governor Quinn set his agenda for the next year in Illinois.
SPRINGFIELD -- Spring legislative session is right around the corner.
ILLINOIS -- Congressman Rodney Davis (R) is here to tell us what projects he's working on in the legislative session.
SPRINGFIELD -- There are still several months before same-sex couples can legally get married in Illinois, but a Republican state senator is looking to stop it.
ILLINOIS -- At least one sheriff is concerned the new medical marijuana law may mean problems out on the road.
ILLINOIS -- If you thought Illinois' financial woes would improve after pension reform passed, think again.
SPRINGFIELD -- State lawmakers are set to return to the Capitol City next week.
SPRINGFIELD -- History buffs and Hollywood enthusiasts have a new reason to visit the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.
SPRINGFIELD -- The state's current income tax law is set to expire next year.
ILLINOIS -- Counties in the state are preparing for the upcoming primary and general elections.
SPRINGFIELD -- School districts in our area say they don't get as much state funding as they should, so a group of lawmakers is trying to make a change.
Update: 10:01 pm, 1/10/14, Friday SPRINGFIELD -- A candidate for governor owns up to his comments.
SPRINGFIELD -- The State Board of Elections says it needs a few more days to decide if one governor hopeful's name can stay on the ballot.
SPRINGFIELD -- The federal court in Central Illinois is giving millions back to the government.
SPRINGFIELD -- Political hopefuls from around the state are gearing up for the March primaries.
SPRINGFIELD -- Chances are you remember commercials from the 2012 congressional race that were pretty disparaging.
SPRINGFIELD -- It will likely be months before medical marijuana is available in Illinois.
SPRINGFIELD -- The application process for concealed-carry permits is now in full swing.
Latest: 10:04 pm, 12/18/13, Wednesday ILLINOIS -- The state is Taking Action to answer complaints about concealed-carry.
SPRINGFIELD -- UI officials are keeping a close watch on budget talks in Washington, D.C.
SPRINGFIELD -- An effort to fight fraud in Illinois is off to a successful start.
SPRINGFIELD -- Some same-sex couples are speeding up their wedding plans
Update: 10:09 pm UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS -- UI leaders are looking for another way to pay out pensions.
SPRINGFIELD -- There are already strict laws in Illinois banning texting and talking on the phone while driving.
SPRINGFIELD -- Things are looking up on Illinois' job front with the state adding more private-sector jobs and unemployment rates falling back in most metro areas.
SPRINGFIELD -- The clock is ticking for lawmakers to reach a deal on the farm bill.
SPRINGFIELD -- Now that Governor Pat Quinn has signed a pension reform bill into law, a coalition of labor unions and other organizations are preparing to file suit.
CHICAGO -- Governor Quinn signed the Pension Reform Bill into law in a private ceremony Thursday afternoon.
SPRINGFIELD -- Temperatures aren't the only thing falling.
ILLINOIS -- Companies wanting special tax breaks have to wait a little longer to find out if they'll get them.
SPRINGFIELD -- Those wanting the new temporary visitor's drivers licenses won't have to wait much longer.
SPRINGFIELD -- Even though lawmakers passed pension reform, the fight is far from over.
ILLINOIS -- A lot of state workers say benefits in the new pension proposal are small compared to what they're being asked to give up.
Update: 10:01 pm SPRINGFIELD -- State lawmakers finally have a deal on something they've been arguing about for close to half a decade.
Update: 4:23 pm SPRINGFIELD -- Before lawmakers met to debate the pension proposal, there were some tense moments across the street.
SPRINGFIELD -- It's been almost six months since the special pension committee got to work.
SPRINGFIELD -- Political season is officially underway. Candidates started filing petitions for state elections Monday.
SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois' financial luck seems to be running out again.
SPRINGFIELD -- State prison officials are working on a new policy for inmates who want to get married behind bars.
SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois is now the 16th state to allow same-sex marriage.
SPRINGFIELD -- Legislative leaders sound closer to a potential deal on pension.