A "new day" of cooperation and collaboration between Democrats and Republicans promised by Illinois House Speaker Emanuel "Chris" Welch in January has begun. Or it hasn't. It all depends on whom you ask in the chamber or in the governor's office.
COGFA’s report claimed “As demonstrated in this report, based on forecast models, the State needs to raise more revenue and/or reduce expenditures.”
Under the act, if voters of a municipality pass a rent control referendum, the municipality would be considered exempt from the state’s blanket ban on rent control policies, allowing the local government to set caps on rent prices.
An Illinois Supreme Court decision Wednesday clarified that the state election code prohibits a person from collecting signatures for both a party candidate in a consolidated primary and an independent candidate in the consolidated general election that follows.
Here's what you missed this week in Illinois government news:
Former Central Illinois Republican congressman Ray LaHood has acknowledged to federal prosecutors that he failed to disclose a $50,000 loan he received through a wealthy Lebanese-Nigerian businessman during his tenure as U.S. Transportation secretary in President Barack Obama’s administration.
The bill is expected to go to the floor of the House by the end of May.
The top Republican in the state Senate has introduced a bill to shield health care providers and others from being held responsible for injuries or deaths related to COVID-19 exposure.
Former Illinois state Sen. Annazette Collins was indicted Wednesday on federal charges alleging she underreported income from her lobbying and consulting firm and and failed to file federal income taxes.
Businessman Gary Rabine on Tuesday announced he will seek the Republican nomination for governor in 2022, becoming the third candidate to officially enter the field.
"These are not the big headline presidential or senatorial races, but they count and they're important," said Durbin, of the April 6 consolidated general election. "The men and women who are running for office are going to make decisions that decide what communities look like."
"As far as I'm concerned, we want everybody legally eligible to show up and vote," Durbin said. "And the outcome then is more credible. So I'm disappointed."
The spending plan Pritzker presented last month eats up a projected $2.6 billion deficit in part by curtailing spending by $400 million and raising $1 billion in taxes through eliminating what he calls "unaffordable" corporate loopholes — several of which weren't loopholes two years ago when he signed them into law.
The platform focuses on four points Republicans think will resonate with Illinois voters and can get support from Democrats: ending the culture of corruption, responsible fiscal leadership, growing jobs and opportunities for families, and ensuring public safety.
Tracy hopes to take a unifying approach with the Illinois Republican Party, an organization that has been divided between the traditional moderate wing that dominated for decades; and an ascendant, conservative wing that has gained traction in recent years.
Reimagine Illinois, unveiled by the House Republican Caucus at a Wednesday news conference, asks voters to “imagine an Illinois free of corruption and with responsible fiscal leadership.”
Catch up on what you missed in Illinois news this week.
Pension reform is a favorite campaign refrain of candidates across party lines. But when it comes up signing up for their own state retirement benefits, few Illinois lawmakers say no.
Here's what you missed this week in Illinois news:
Illinois’ Democratic State Central Committee elected U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly as its new chair Wednesday night on a razor thin margin.
Democratic county leaders in Illinois want an investigation of Republican state Rep. Chris Miller after he displayed a decal of an anti-government militia movement on his pickup truck parked at the U.S. Capitol during the deadly insurrection in January.
In case you missed it this week: a criminal justice overhaul, the latest on COVID vaccines in Illinois, Sen. Darren Bailey's run for governor, a change-up to Madigan's successor in the House, and more.
Angelica Guerrero-Cuellar, a 30-year resident of Chicago’s southwest side, is the first Latina to represent the 22nd House District, which has seen a dramatic increase in its Latino population since Madigan was first elected in 1971. Latinos now represent a majority of the district.
Former state senator and gubernatorial candidate Sam McCann has pleaded not guilty to federal charges alleging he illegally spent more than $200,000 in campaign funds on debts and personal expenses and to pay himself.