Illinois state senator pleads not guilty to embezzlement
CHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois state senator has pleaded not guilty to federal charges alleging he took more than $250,000 in salary and benefits over three years from the Teamsters while doing little...
CHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois state senator who was indicted last week on federal charges of taking more than a quarter million dollars in salary and benefits from the Teamsters while doing little or...
Bishop bans Communion for abortion-rights supporters
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Roman Catholic bishop of Springfield on Thursday banned leaders of the Illinois General Assembly from receiving Holy Communion at local churches because of their...
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.
Senate overrides Rauner veto on immigrant crime-victim visas
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Senate on Wednesday rejected Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto of legislation designed to ensure immigrant crime victims who cooperate with police get the assistance they need to stay in the country.
The 40-12 vote to override the Republican's veto came just a week after the end of a national election campaign in which GOP President Donald Trump made illegal immigration a key issue.
The Latest: Cullerton slams veto of immigrant protection
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Latest on Gov. Bruce Rauner's action on immigrant-related bills (all times local):
The Democratic president of the Illinois Senate says Gov. Bruce Rauner delivered a "slap in the face" to immigrant crime victims with a veto of legislation to encourage them to participate in criminal investigations.
QUINCY, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner says the state will spend about $3 million to help build a new water source in a western Illinois community where Legionnaires' disease has contributed to the deaths of 13 residents of a state veteran's home.
Rauner, leaders trade warnings over budget
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner is urging legislative leaders to agree on estimated available revenue before deciding how to spend it in the coming year.
The Republican asked House and Senate leaders Thursday to put in writing the projected revenue and deliver a balanced budget.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — There's a new caucus made up of members of the Illinois House and Senate from both parties devoted to children's health.
A Wednesday statement from the office of the Senate president, Democrat John Cullerton, announced the creation of the bipartisan children's health caucus. It says the caucus will closely examine data on the health of children and adolescents in Illinois.
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."
Senate president Cullerton urges Rauner to balance budget
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Senate President John Cullerton is urging Gov. Bruce Rauner to propose a budget plan that's balanced.
The Chicago Democrat told reporters at the state Capitol Tuesday that the first-term Republican has never introduced a spending plan in which spending matched revenue.
Rauner says he has and promised last month that he would deliver another.
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."
The Latest: Gov applauds, jabs lawmakers on sex harassment
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Latest on legislative action in Springfield (all times local):
Gov. Bruce Rauner has congratulated the Illinois General Assembly for adopting anti-sexual harassment protections.
But the Republican took a shot Tuesday at Democrats who control the General Assembly. In a statement he says his office has a harassment-free code that's enforced. He says the Legislature "finally moved to protect its members and staff and end the culture."
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) — Illinois lawmakers will be in session next week as a showdown with Gov. Bruce Rauner over school finance continues.
The Senate will meet Sunday to deal with the Republican's veto of a school funding revamp. The House will convene Wednesday.
The legislation attempts to make state public-school funding fairer. Rauner used an amendatory veto to remove parts he says are too generous to Chicago schools.
Governor signs law streamlining government purchasing
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a law that makes state government purchasing less cumbersome.
The Republican signed the measure Wednesday in Urbana at the University of Illinois.
The law eliminates administrative delays for universities. It also allows government agencies to enter joint-purchasing agreements to increase cost-saving buying power.
Illinois senators plan to act on education funding ‘one way or another’
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois senators will return to regular session at 2 p.m. Sunday with the intention of taking action on education funding.
In a statement, Illinois Senate President John Cullerton said education funding is a priority for Senate Democrats have been working on "for the better part of four years" and he remains optimistic there is a path to "reasonable compromise" on fair school funding.
Illinois school funding at risk as negotiations break down
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois' Republican governor and Democrat-controlled Legislature appeared headed for another showdown as negotiations broke down Monday on a school funding overhaul, putting money for districts statewide at risk weeks before classes begin.
Democrats sent Gov. Bruce Rauner a new plan for doling out money to schools that they approved in May but had not yet sent to the governor because of concerns he would veto it.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois legislators have adjourned the third day of a special session without wading into a school funding fight.
The House and Senate met briefly Friday. Dozens of lawmakers were absent. The Legislature won't convene until Monday when Democratic Senate President John Cullerton says he'll send Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner a plan that overhauls how Illinois funds schools. It's needed for schools to get money this year.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois legislators have adjourned a second day of a special session on school funding after just minutes.
The House and Senate met briefly Thursday, but didn't take up any action.
Gov. Bruce Rauner summoned lawmakers with the task of resolving a fight over a new funding calculation. Both chambers have approved a plan, but the Senate has refused to send it to Rauner, who says he'll rewrite it over objections to money that Chicago will get.
No movement on 1st day of special session on school funding
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The agenda was scant and attendance light Wednesday, the opening day of a special session called by Gov. Bruce Rauner to resolve a funding fight that'll determine whether schools get state money before the start of the academic year.
Instead, the Republican governor and Democratic leaders pointed fingers over who's hindered progress, a familiar scenario in a state that only recently ended an unprecedented two-year budget impasse.
CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the Illinois budget and a school funding plan (all times local):
Gov. Bruce Rauner has summoned lawmakers into special session to settle the public education funding issue weeks before the school bell is set to ring.
The Republican ordered the House and Representatives and Senate to report to Springfield Wednesday. This was after the Senate missed a noon deadline to send to him a school-finance plan legislators approved in May.
Special session slated if Rauner doesn’t get school bill
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner said Friday he wants lawmakers to send him an education funding bill by noon Monday or face daily special sessions until month's end to ensure the state's schools open on time.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Latest on school-funding legislation (all times local):
Senate President John Cullerton says Gov. Bruce Rauner need not call a special session to deal with school funding. The Chicago Democrat said in a statement Friday that the Republican need only show lawmakers his alternative.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Latest on a legislative session on Illinois' budget as the state enters a third straight year without a spending plan (all times local):
The Illinois Senate has adjourned without taking action on House-approved legislation to break the nation's longest budget standoff since the Great Depression.
Illinois legislative leaders meet; no word on budget deal
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois' legislative leaders met twice Thursday but surrendered few details about how close they are to a budget pact with one day remaining before the start of a third consecutive fiscal year without a spending plan
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Senate President John Cullerton says his chamber has previously accomplished everything Gov. Bruce Rauner has outlined on a special session agenda called to force a budget deal.
Cullerton told reporters Friday that special sessions are a "political stunt" to offer the governor political cover. Cullerton says the budget the Democrat-controlled Senate approved draws on Rauner's ideas.
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.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Latest on the Illinois Senate president's call for House action on a budget (all times local):
House Democrats will take another look at a Senate-approved spending plan next week as a way to end a two-year budget stalemate.
Steve Brown is spokesman for Chicago Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan. He says Democrats are ready to examine a variety of solutions when they answer Gov. Bruce Rauner's call for a special legislative session beginning Wednesday.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Latest on legislative action in Springfield as the General Assembly's session closes out (all times local):
Democratic Illinois Senate President John Cullerton of Chicago says he wishes the House had sent Gov. Bruce Rauner a budget because it included much of what the Republican wanted.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Latest on legislative action in Springfield (all times local):
Senate President John Cullerton says Democrats had little choice but to approve a budget proposal on their own after a compromise package with Republicans failed last week.
Dems push ‘grand bargain’ votes in Senate, declare progress
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Major portions of what is supposed to be the bipartisan "grand bargain" budget compromise won Illinois Senate approval Wednesday in a largely partisan manner, setting off more maneuvering as lawmakers attempt to avoid a third consecutive year without a budget and with the 2018 race for governor heating up.
Senate tries to revisit ‘grand bargain’ but GOP won’t agree
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Republicans pulled the plug Wednesday on Illinois Senate Democrats' attempts to recharge the "grand bargain" budget-compromise with three weeks left in the General Assembly's spring session.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Latest on Illinois legislative budget negotiations (all times local):
Republicans cut short an attempt by Illinois Senate Democrats to recharge the "grand bargain" budget compromise with time running out on the legislative session.
The grand bargain is a package of legislation Senate leaders designed last winter to break what has become a two-year logjam on an annual spending plan.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Senate President John Cullerton's plan to protect undocumented immigrants from what proponents consider federal harassment has won approval.
The Democratic-controlled Senate voted 31-21 Thursday to approve the "TRUST Act." It prohibits local or state police from cooperating with federal authorities who are investigating immigrants but do not have a criminal warrant.
General Assembly takes 2-week break _ with no budget
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois General Assembly left the capital city last week for a two-week spring break — without progress on an annual budget.
The House approved an $817 million spending plan Democrats call a "lifeline." It would take money from special funds to help universities and human services.
Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner disapproves of the measure. And the Senate continues work on a "grand bargain" to end the budget drought.
Illinois Senate committee OKs immigrant protections
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Senate Executive Committee has endorsed wide-ranging protections for immigrants in response to President Donald Trump's crackdown on people in the U.S. illegally.
Illinois Senate leader touts bill to protect immigrants
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Senate Democrats, contending that immigrants are hiding in their homes because of aggressive actions by President Donald Trump's administration, promoted legislation Monday that would bar law enforcement from entering state-supported schools or health facilities without a warrant looking for immigrants in the country illegally.