New Legislature underway with big Democratic majorities
A new Illinois legislative session got underway Wednesday with Democrats firmly in control but both parties pledging to turn the page on years of budget stalemates, government dysfunction and name-calling.
Democrat Michael Madigan, already the longest-serving state House speaker in U.S. history, was easily elected to his 19th term. Other leaders — Senate President John Cullerton and GOP leaders Rep. Jim Durkin and Sen. Bill Brady — also were re-elected.
The Latest: New session of Illinois Legislature underway
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Latest on the new Illinois legislative session (all times local):
The new session of the Illinois Legislature is underway with the largest percentage of Democratic lawmakers serving in Springfield in more than five decades.
Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton and GOP House leader Jim Durkin and Senate leader Bill Brady all were re-elected Wednesday to their leadership posts.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Senate whisked through a $38.5 billion budget Wednesday night on a 56-2 vote, a display of cooperation between Democrats and Republicans unseen in the Illinois state Capitol in years.
Reaction to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s 2019 budget plan
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Reaction to Gov. Bruce Rauner's 2019 budget plan unveiled Wednesday:
— Democratic Sen. Daniel Biss of Evanston, a candidate for governor: "He's taking the money from the tax increase that he's claimed to have opposed and spending it, and in the meantime going after working people and property taxpayers. It's backwards, it's illogical and it's a sign of three years of failure."
Candidate cancels speech by man who claims white superiority
WOODSTOCK, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois legislator challenging Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner for the GOP nomination canceled a fundraising speech by a man who contends whites are intellectually superior to African-Americans.
Democrats, Republicans react to Rauner’s State of the State
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — — Evanston Sen. Daniel Biss, Democratic candidate for governor: "Bruce Rauner is a failed governor, and we can't afford to give him and his right-wing agenda another chance. But we also know it's not enough to just beat Bruce Rauner, because our state's problems began long before he was elected to office. ... We need to elect a middle-class progressive with a bold vision for our state."
Illinois leaders say they’ve reached school funding deal
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois' top legislative leaders announced Thursday that they've tentatively reached a bipartisan agreement to fund public schools, but said details were still being worked out.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner has named a former Republican state lawmaker as his deputy chief of staff for legislative affairs.
Darlene Senger served Naperville in the House of Representatives from 2009 to 2015. She recently was the chief financial officer for the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission.
The 62-year-old Senger is a licensed financial and investment adviser with an MBA from DePaul University. She received an undergraduate degree from Purdue University.
DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. (AP) — DuPage County Board Vice Chairman John Curran has been appointed to fill the Illinois Senate seat held by GOP leader Christine Radogno (rah-DOH'-nyoh) before she announced her resignation last month.
In a news release, the DuPage County GOP says about a dozen candidates were interviewed before Curran was selected to serve the remainder of Radogno's term.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Republicans in the Illinois Senate have elected Sen. Bill Brady to serve as the chamber's minority leader.
The Republican from Bloomington was selected Friday to replace GOP leader Sen. Christine Radogno, who announced Thursday she was stepping down.
The Latest: Senate GOP says budget plan not ready
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Latest on Illinois Senate action (all times local):
Top Illinois Senate Republicans say they can't support a proposed budget compromise because it's still not ready.
Democratic Senate President John Cullerton canceled action on the plan Wednesday. He blamed Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner for sabotaging the plan before votes on an income tax increase, a property tax freeze, and other crucial measures.
Bill to support Springfield, Du Quoin fairgrounds stalled
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Efforts in the state Legislature to create a private foundation that would support the fairgrounds in Springfield and Du Quoin remain stalled as the Illinois State Fair kicks off this year.