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Jaclyn Driscoll

Women in the Illinois Senate plan to advance their voices in leadership with the creation of their own caucus. Women on both sides of the aisle say they’ve had a significant role in crafting policy, but may not always get the credit they deserve. 

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With the final week of veto session underway, the Illinois General Assembly took action meant to address sexual harassment at the state Capitol. 

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Gov. Bruce Rauner is declaring victory after the House failed to override a key veto. The bill was a priority of organized labor.

Illinois lawmakers are considering whether women who are pregnant and in jail should have to give birth behind bars.

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In the wake of Harvey Weinstein's downfall due to sexual assault and harassment claims from numerous women - it's glaringly apparent that the issue is not limited to a certain industry or segment of society. Statehouses across the nation have joined in the #MeToo movement. Some are saying state legislatures harbor environments where such activity is commonplace.

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As sexual harassment allegations sweep across the nation, the Illinois legislature is now under fire for a lack of reporting procedures after a staffing vacancy allowed dozens of complaints, not necessarily sexual in nature, to go nowhere. 

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More allegations of sexual harassment in state government — and this time someone is naming names. But with a watchdog position vacant for years, who's holding lawmakers accountable?

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A crime-victims advocate told an Illinois House committee Tuesday that a powerful state senator sexually harassed her last year as they were working together on legislation, causing her so much mental anguish that she dropped 20 pounds and lost her hair.

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State Rep. Jeanne Ives says she’s taking on Governor Bruce Rauner in the upcoming Republican primary.

The former Wheaton city councilwoman and West Point graduate acknowledges it will be tough going up against Rauner’s vast personal wealth. But she says the governor has betrayed Republican principles, and wants to give voters a choice.

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llinois lawmakers are working to end the $10 fee for freezing consumer credit data.

It comes months after Equifax, Inc. exposed the sensitive personal information of tens of millions of Americans.

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Another day — another candidate for Illinois Attorney General.

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Rauner loses a string of veto overrides in the Illinois House, but avoids disaster on a few key bills. Meanwhile, allegations of widespread sexual misconduct prompt a quick legislative response in the Statehouse.

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The Illinois House on Thursday tried and failed to ban the gun modification known as a “bump stock.” The legislation was a response to the mass shooting in Las Vegas.

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Legislation meant to address the gender pay gap is one step closer to becoming law.

The Illinois House voted Wednesday to override Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of the measure.

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The Illinois House dealt a series of rebukes to Gov. Bruce Rauner on Wednesday, as Republicans joined Democrats to override nearly a dozen of the governor’s vetoes.

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In a recent report about sexual harassment at state capitols, the deputy director for the Illinois Chapter of the Sierra Club spoke out about the sexual harassment she’s experienced at the Illinois statehouse.

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The Illinois House is advancing legislation to ban “bump stocks.” The devices gained national prominence this month, when they were reportedly used by the Las Vegas shooter.

Illinois state lawmakers are on their way back to Springfield.

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Illinois lawmakers return to Springfield for their fall veto session beginning this week. On the agenda is a measure intended to make reports of the state’s debt more accurate.

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An Illinois lawmaker is calling on Facebook to ensure political ads are fundamentally factual, after learning the social media giant has no such guidelines.

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Chicago and Illinois submit their joint bid for Amazon's "HQ2" — a second headquarters for the web retailer. We'll talk about the incentives arms race, Illinois' strengths and weaknesses, and the secret bid.

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The state of Illinois has taken another step toward improving its financial situation, selling $1.5 billion in bonds to help pay down the backlog of overdue bills.

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Gov. Bruce Rauner has spent much of the past few years bad-mouthing the Illinois economy — saying his agenda would turn things around. But not everyone in his administration is sounding the alarm.

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The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency is collecting data on recyclables in each county with the goal to make recycling more accessible statewide.

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The field of Democrats running for governor has gotten smaller as Chicago Alderman Ameya Pawar ends his campaign. Meanwhile, the AFSCME union says the Illinois Department of Corrections isn't doing enough to keep correctional officers safe.

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The Illinois state treasurer is urging legislators to override one of Governor Bruce Rauner’s recent vetoes. Democrat Mike Frerichs says the legislation is needed to help people claim life insurance benefits.

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Chicago Alderman Ameya Pawar has dropped out of the Democratic primary for Illinois governor.

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The labor union representing Illinois prison workers says assaults are way up. AFSCME is asking the state to do more to keep its members safe.

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Cook County’s controversial sugary drink tax has been repealed roughly two months after it took effect. Following legal battles and an outcry from both consumers and business owners, the penny-per-ounce tax on sweetened beverages will no longer be collected after December 1, 2017 which is the beginning of the county’s new fiscal year.

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A measure has been introduced in Illinois as a response to the deadly summer rally of white nationalists in Charlottesville.

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