Judge OKs agreement to open medical equipment cleaning plant
WHEATON, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois judge has ruled the operator of a suburban Chicago medical equipment cleaning plant its neighbors say emit cancer-causing fumes can reopen the...
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Latest on action in the Illinois General Assembly (all times local):
The Illinois House has concluded its spring-session work after a furious...
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Latest on action in the Illinois General Assembly (all times local):
The Illinois House has approved a bipartisan state budget agreement . But...
Illinois revenue bump spurs debate over Pritzker tax hikes
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The terms "Illinois budget" and "extra revenue" are rarely heard in the same sentence. But now that they are, "spending agreement" is the elusive...
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Incoming Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot plans to spend two days in the Illinois state Capitol this week.
Lightfoot's office says she will address lawmakers in both...
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.
Lawmaker loses GOP campaign support amid ‘harassment’ claim
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois House Republicans have ended campaign support for a sitting GOP lawmaker amid allegations of "harassment."
The Chicago Tribune reported Friday that the House Republican Organization cut off financial aid for Rep. Jerry Lee Long of Streator and requested he quit the campaign.
CHICAGO (AP) — A new Illinois lottery game will generate money to help the families of police officers killed or severely hurt in the line of duty.
Lawmakers overwhelming approved legislation to create the new scratch-off lottery game earlier this year. Gov. Bruce Rauner signed it into law on Monday.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Latest on legislative action in Springfield (all times local):
The Illinois General Assembly has adjourned its spring session.
The House lowered the gavel following departing comments from its Republican and Democratic leaders lauding the cooperation that led to overwhelming approval of a $38.5 billion spending plan for the budget year that begins July 1.
Correction: Illinois Budget-Graduated Tax story
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — In a story April 10 about Illinois House Republicans' opposition to a graduated income tax, The Associated Press reported that there was no legislation before the General Assembly that would implement a graduated tax structure. There are at least three pieces of legislation pending, though none are in line for a vote.
A corrected version of the story is below:
House GOP blasts Pritzker's plan for graduated income tax
House GOP leader promotes sexual-harassment hotline
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Republican leader of the Illinois House wants to establish a hotline for helping victims of sexual harassment.
Minority Leader Jim Durkin says his legislation would create a "safe outlet" for victims seeking counseling, protective services or assistance in filing a sexual harassment complaint.
It would be available to anyone in the state.
The measure from the Western Springs Republican comes as the state Capitol reels from complaints about harassment.
Drury leaves governor’s race to run for attorney general
CHICAGO (AP) — Democratic state Rep. Scott Drury says he's dropping out of the race for Illinois governor to run for attorney general.
The former federal prosecutor from Highwood said Tuesday Illinois needs an attorney general who's "fiercely independent." He says he'd step up the office's focus on fraud and corruption.
Former Rutland mayor works as a union representative
RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) — Officials say the former mayor of Rutland, Vermont is now working for a union that represents public employees.
Jim Durkin, representative for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, tells The Rutland Herald (http://bit.ly/2x2n7jq ) Christopher Louras is working as a staff representative for the union.
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.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Latest on budget negotiations in Springfield (all times local):
House Republican Leader Jim Durkin says Republicans are reviewing a budget proposed by House Democrats but are skeptical.
Durkin told reporters Tuesday evening that the House Democrats' proposal is missing pieces, including the revenue part of it. He says he doesn't trust that it's a balanced budget.
Democrats have made the same claim about Republicans' proposed spending plan.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Latest on state budget negotiations in Springfield (all times local):
Gov. Bruce Rauner is unfazed by House Democrats' challenge to accept whatever deals Republican lawmakers negotiate with Democrats on so-called "non-budget" issues.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois House Republicans say they have narrowed their focus on issues tangential to a budget agreement.
House Minority Leader Jim Durkin of Western Springs said Monday that leaders in his caucus have met with Democrats to negotiate cost-saving changes to the workers' compensation and state employee pension-benefits programs. They also want a four-year freeze on local property taxes in exchange for a four-year income tax increase.
Slow start to Illinois session called to solve budget fight
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The first day of a costly special legislative session aimed at solving Illinois' unprecedented budget crisis got off to a slow start with both the House and Senate adjourning quickly Wednesday without making any substantive progress.
Instead, Democrats and Republicans used news conferences and floor speeches to say they were ready to compromise and blame the other party for the gridlock that could stretch into a third year if lawmakers don't approve a budget by July 1.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Latest on the Illinois Legislature's budget special session (all times local):
Rough estimates show that it costs nearly $48,000 for one day of legislative special session in Illinois, factoring in travel and per diem payments for lawmakers.
Illinois Senate leader suggests bucking governor on budget
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Democratic-controlled Illinois Legislature "doesn't need the governor" to enact an elusive budget deal to end a two-year impasse, the Senate president said Friday ahead of a special session.
GOP offers ‘compromise’ state budget with familiar reforms
CHICAGO (AP) — With Illinois heading toward a third straight year without a budget, Illinois Republicans presented a familiar "compromise" spending and reform plan Wednesday they argued could end the gridlock.
But Democrats, who control House and Senate, were skeptical, saying they've already taken up many of those ideas and Republicans' demands keep changing.
CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner is asking the Illinois Legislature to allow work to start on Interstate 55 in the Chicago area via a public-private partnership.
Madigan forms Illinois House panel to address school funding
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan is forming a panel to pick up where a recent commission left off revamping the state's outdated public school funding formula.
The Democrat announced the panel Thursday. He says the group will address questions left unanswered by a funding reform commission convened by Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner.
Illinois leaders differ on progress in meeting with governor
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois legislative leaders differed on the outcome of their latest meeting with Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner.
But there was no budget agreement Saturday in Chicago.
Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan says in comments distributed by the Illinois Department of Central Management Services that there was no budget discussion.
The Latest: GOP: Dems’ absence in budget talks inexcusable
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Latest on Illinois budget negotiations between Gov. Bruce Rauner and lawmakers (all times local):
Republican leaders who met with Gov. Bruce Rauner to discuss Illinois' budget stalemate say Democrats' absence is inexcusable and won't help negotiations.
Rauner asks for Illinois leaders meeting before veto session
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner has asked the top leaders in the Illinois General Assembly to meet ahead of the veto session next week.
The Chicago Sun-Times reports (http://bit.ly/2g1g84Y ) that Rauner's office confirms that he sent the request Thursday, asking the leaders to meet in Chicago or Springfield. The veto session starts Tuesday.
Pritchard on task force examining school funding
DeKALB – Bruce Rauner has become the latest Illinois governor to form a task force to examine how the state funds public education, and a DeKalb County legislator has been named to the group.
“We should put more money into our schools and focus resources to the students that need them most,” Rauner said when he announced the commission.
The Illinois School Funding Reform Commission is designed to be bipartisan and include members appointed by the governor, and...