Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker expanded vaccine requirements statewide and announced the return of indoor face mask requirements, regardless of vaccination status.
A federal court should throw out an Illinois legislative redistricting map because population estimates Democrats used to make the map differ too greatly from official 2020 population counts released last week, two top Republican lawmakers said Monday.
Illinois’ Republican legislative leaders filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday seeking to overturn redistricting maps drawn by Democrats, contending the party’s reliance on population estimates is “arbitrary” and “discriminatory” and violates the U.S. Constitution.
Read the court filing by Republican leaders in the Illinois House and Senate challenging new legislative district maps that Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed into law June 4.
The Illinois House has approved a bill that could ban police from lying to youth during interrogations — a practice that adds significantly to the risk of false confessions and wrongful convictions.
The measure, contained in amendments to Senate Bill 2122, makes confessions by minors in custody inadmissible if they were obtained by “a law enforcement officer or juvenile officer (that) knowingly engages in deception.”
Republicans in the Illinois General Assembly asked Gov. JB Pritzker this weekend to veto maps for new legislative districts and the state Supreme Court that Democrats pushed through the House and Senate on Friday.
Hundreds of union workers joined a bipartisan group of lawmakers Friday in front of the Illinois Capitol in support of the state’s nuclear power industry.
Illinois Democrats released new redistricting maps for the General Assembly on Thursday night, an effort aimed at keeping them in the majority for the next decade while also tweaking some boundaries at the request of community groups.
Illinois Democrats, who control all three branches of government, have some incentive to redraw the boundaries for the five Illinois Supreme Court districts this year.
New state legislative boundaries proposed by Democrats would further cement the party’s dominance in Springfield by using a declining downstate population to pit House Republicans against each other in several areas.
Top officials from Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s administration say they were misled by leadership at the state Department of Veterans’ Affairs regarding a deadly COVID-19 outbreak at the state-run LaSalle Veterans’ Home.
Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker backtracked Thursday on one of the most controversial components of his budget proposal, saying improved revenue projections will allow the state to meet the goal in its education funding formula and increase school funding by $350 million over the current year.
Some Republicans in the General Assembly, including House Minority Leader Jim Durkin, are calling for a criminal investigation into the COVID-19 related deaths at the state-run LaSalle Veterans’ Home.
The Illinois House of Representatives advanced several bills Friday dealing with concerns around public health and safety while debating other measures to combat gun violence.
“So, what the speaker said back in January about this place being different and running in a different manner is a bunch of BS right now,” state Rep. Tim Butler said in a speech during which he threw a paper calendar and pounded his desk.
House Bill 2908 would create elections for 21 Chicago school board members in the 2023 and 2027 consolidated primary elections. Currently, the seven sitting Chicago Board of Education members are appointed by the mayor.
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.
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.”
Michael Madigan, who rose through the Illinois General Assembly ranks over five decades to become the most powerful policy gatekeeper in Illinois government, on Thursday announced he is stepping down from his House seat, a month after he was ousted as the country's longest-serving state house speaker.
“I leave office at peace with my decision and proud of the many contributions I’ve made to the state of Illinois, and I do so knowing I’ve made a difference,” Madigan wrote in a lengthy emailed statement.
"I had bolder plans for our state budget than what I am going to present to you today. It would be a lie to suggest otherwise," Pritzker said during his annual budget and State of the State address.
Gov. J.B. Pritzker needs to be more open with the General Assembly about how he will balance the state's deficit-plagued budget, House Republican leaders said Monday.
When Emanuel “Chris” Welch was elected House Speaker last month, he stated his intention to revise the rules that govern committees and the procedures for conducting business in the Illinois House of Representatives, including those pertaining to the introduction of new bills.
Republican lawmakers from both chambers of the General Assembly are promoting three legislative proposals to give voters greater authority to amend the state constitution, recall legislative leaders and other lawmakers, and repeal recently-passed state laws.