The Illinois version does not include a path to citizenship, but its seen as a move to counter some of the anti-immigrant measures being proposed nationwide.
Consumers are urging state lawmakers to vote against a bill that would eliminate the long-standing utility rate review process.
The Illinois Senate passed the Illinois DREAM Act, which would establish a state "Dream" commission to administer privately funded scholarships to as many as 95,000 students of immigrant parents.
Big business blames public sector workers for the state's $8 billion budget deficit.
Two Illinois state senators are trying to pass a measure that would allow religious adoption agencies to deny requests from same-sex couples in civil unions.
The city of Chicago is facing allegations that police tortured suspects into false confessions through much of the 70s and 80s.
Over a hundred angry demonstrators from Chicago's southeast side rallied at the Illinois state building to protest plans for construction of a coal gasification plant in their neighborhood.
"With our broken system, we cannot ensure justice is achieved in every case," Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn said.
Transit workers and environmental activists rallied here in support of mass transit last Thursday, calling for increased funding, not cuts.
The battle for union recognition by charter schoolteachers has grown as charters have assumed a larger presence in the city.