SAN DIEGO, CA -- A state lawmaker hopes to ban orca shows from SeaWorld San Diego.
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.
SPRINGFIELD -- Ash Wednesday is when Christians get the sign of the cross marked on their foreheads with ashes.
ILLINOIS -- Hundreds of workers made their voices heard Wednesday.
ILLINOIS -- Lawmakers are honoring a police officer who was killed in the line of duty.
SPRINGFIELD -- Lawmakers say figuring out next year's budget is going to be their biggest challenge this spring.
NATIONAL -- A massive bill to help veterans was introduced on the Senate floor Tuesday.
CENTRAL ILLINOIS -- About a dozen cities in the state are teaming up to try to get more done in Springfield.
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.
CENTRAL ILLINOIS -- Methamphetamine continues to a major problem, especially in Central Illinois. So, there's a new push to help cut down on product.
ILLINOIS -- The proposed minimum wage raise could end up costing students at state universities.
ILLINOIS -- It actually costs an Illinois' athlete if they win an Olympic medal.
ILLINOIS -- A measure has been endorsed by a House committee.
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 -- 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 -- 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?
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.
ILLINOIS -- A special committee has been formed to try to slow an outbreak of measles.
ILLINOIS -- Some lawmakers who see loopholes in our state's laws want to crack down on registered sex offenders.
ILLINOIS -- One lawmaker says some schools might not be doing enough to keep your kids safe. Now, he wants to change that.
ILLINOIS -- Leaders in the state house are pushing for an end to a popular way of getting controversial laws passed.
NATIONAL -- After more than two years of talks, Congress is one step closer to finalizing a farm bill.
Update: 4:38 pm, 1/31/14, Friday ILLINOIS -- Towns denied federal disaster assistance after November's tornado outbreak could have a second chance to claim benefits.
NATIONAL -- The House of Representatives passed the Farm Bill Wednesday.
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 -- Lawmakers in Washington have spent months trying to figure out a solution to the farm bill.
PANA -- The National School Lunch Program is supposed to help make sure kids get a good meal during the day, but the recent changes mean some kids are going hungry instead.
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.
SPRINGFIELD -- Temperatures aren't the only thing falling.
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.
CHAMPAIGN -- Teachers around the state are watching the pension debates closely.
SPRINGFIELD -- It's been almost six months since the special pension committee got to work.
SPRINGFIELD -- State prison officials are working on a new policy for inmates who want to get married behind bars.
SPRINGFIELD -- Legislative leaders sound closer to a potential deal on pension.
SPRINGFIELD -- The state's unions are ready to fight proposed changes to the pension system.
SPRINGFIELD -- The man behind a proposal to limit lawmakers' time in office says he's halfway to his goal.
SPRINGFIELD -- Lawmakers have been told to "save the date" for a possible pension vote early next month.
SPRINGFIELD -- The candidates vying to become the state's next governor are being thrown a curve-ball.
SPRINGFIELD -- The General Assembly's spring session starts in January, but lawmakers could be back sooner than that.
NATIONAL -- The House Oversight Committee made it clear the President's healthcare system wasn't ready to launch.
SPRINGFIELD -- It's no secret the roll-out of the Affordable Care Act has been rocky.
SPRINGFIELD -- Lawmakers are headed home until next year. The fall veto session wrapped up Thursday afternoon but some issues remain unresolved.
SPRINGFIELD -- A lot of times when lawmakers decide on a political issue, the next day is pretty slow. That wasn't the case Wednesday.
Latest: 6:03 pm SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois approved civil unions in 2011.
SPRINGFIELD -- Lawmakers claim they're making progress on a deal for pension reform, yet it's unlikely they'll vote this week during the final days of the fall veto session.
SPRINGFIELD -- Same-sex marriage supporters are ready and waiting for lawmakers to return to Springfield Tuesday.
DECATUR -- A new plan to keep ADM in Illinois may not be working.
SPRINGFIELD -- A watchdog group suggests the best way to fix the state's pension problem is to ask state workers and teachers to pay in more.
SPRINGFIELD -- Two lawmakers want Health Alliance back in the state retirees' healthcare contract.
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor Quinn is calling on lawmakers to approve millions of dollars in supplemental funding for this year.
SPRINGFIELD -- Problems with pension continue to have a choke-hold on the state's budget.
Update: 4:22 pm, 10/24/13, Thursday SPRINGFIELD -- The first week of the fall veto session has come and gone and there hasn't been any action on some of the state's biggest issues.
URBANA-CHAMPAIGN -- Those fighting for immigration reform found out Wednesday they have some strong support.
SPRINGFIELD -- A company is trying to inform lawmakers about the benefits of 3D mammograms in hopes lawmakers will allow for a Medicaid reimbursement for the procedure.
SPRINGFIELD -- Angered by Governor Pat Quinn's move to strip lawmakers of their pay, a state representative has filed a bill to cut the governor's office budget.
SPRINGFIELD -- Lawmakers are discussing gambling again.
DECATUR -- ADM wants millions of dollars in tax breaks to stay in the state, but taxpayers say that's not fair.
SPRINGFIELD -- State lawmakers have been trying to find a way to shore up Illinois' pension system, but will they have a solution during veto session?
SPRINGFIELD -- Three months before concealed-carry permit applications go out, state lawmakers are trying to make some changes to the law.
SPRINGFIELD -- Lawmakers are getting ready to head back to the Capitol City next week for fall veto session.
NATIONAL -- The deal ending the government shutdown may not have put a dent in Obamacare, but the battle over implementing the healthcare coverage law is not over.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Hours after praising lawmakers for reaching a deal to end the shutdown, President Obama delivered another message.
SPRINGFIELD -- State lawmakers will take another look at opening more casinos.
NATIONAL -- Day 11 of the government shutdown. Polls show Americans are sick and tired of the bickering.
Update: 6:06 pm SPRINGFIELD -- Raising the national debt ceiling is the next big hurdle lawmakers will have to tackle.
ILLINOIS -- A congressman and congresswoman had a little trouble with the law recently.
SPRINGFIELD -- State leaders say changes to healthcare laws could have a big impact on emergency services, especially in rural areas.
SPRINGFIELD -- House and Senate lawmakers have proposed legislation to help furloughed workers.
SPRINGFIELD -- One of the state's top lawmakers is trying to get the ball rolling on a pension fix.
Update: 1:42 pm, 10/3/13, Thursday NATIONAL -- President Obama went on the offensive Thursday against house republicans.
SPRINGFIELD -- State officials are closer to hashing out a system to get marijuana into the hands of the seriously ill.
NATIONAL -- Just hours before the Healthcare Insurance Marketplace opens, the federal government is staring down the barrel of a shutdown.
SPRINGFIELD -- The country could be just days away from a federal government shutdown.
SPRINGFIELD -- The state's special pension committee is expected to reveal its proposal any day now, but several lawmakers may not be on board.
NATIONAL -- We are one week away from a possible government shutdown.
SPRINGFIELD -- Some lawmakers are pushing for a plan to save us money at the pump.
NATIONAL -- House republicans passed another controversial bill Friday.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Many Americans are rallying for lawmakers to come to a compromise and avoid a government shutdown.
SPRINGFIELD -- There could be a ruling next week on a lawsuit over Governor Pat Quinn's decision to stop lawmakers' pay.
SPRINGFIELD -- A term-limit amendment which could be on next year's ballot, could end the careers of four legislative leaders.
SPRINGFIELD -- A group of lawmakers tasked with solving the state's pension crisis may be close to a solution.
SPRINGFIELD -- A Charleston lawmaker says he won't see a second term next year.
SPRINGFIELD -- It might seem far off, but election season is actually right around the corner. The six gubernatorial hopefuls are full of ideas to put the state back on track.
NATIONAL -- Illinois lawmakers are on the fence about the situation in Syria.
CHAMPAIGN -- Members of a senate committee listened to some of President Obama's supporters Tuesday afternoon, but other congressmen aren't even in Washington.
NATIONAL -- President Obama and key lawmakers are seeking support for military action in Syria.
SPRINGFIELD -- Lawmakers are getting closer to a potential deal on pension reform.
SPRINGFIELD -- Republican Bruce Rauner is behind the Term Limit proposal.
SPRINGFIELD -- Another state lawmaker wants to make changes about a month after concealed-carry became law.
SPRINGFIELD -- It could be next month before state lawmakers find out whether or not they'll be paid.