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...
Arrests of 2 allies of Madigan ordered by federal judge
CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge has ordered the arrest of two allies of Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan for failing to appear for depositions in a lawsuit filed by Madigan's opponent in the...
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A former campaign worker for Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan whose federal lawsuit claims her career was hindered when she complained about sexual harassment has...
Report: Powerful Illinois speaker Madigan recorded in probe
CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago newspaper reported Tuesday that a lengthy federal court affidavit says the FBI secretly recorded Illinois' powerful House speaker in 2014 discussing a hotel development project and the possibility of its Chinese developer becoming a client of the speaker's private law firm.
Harris named first gay state House majority leader
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan has named a Chicago Democrat to be the chamber's majority leader.
Madigan's naming of Rep. Greg Harris as his top lieutenant makes the legislator the state's first openly gay House majority leader.
In a statement, Madigan credited Harris with leading the effort to make Illinois one of the first states to pass marriage equality, overhauling Medicaid and taking the lead during the budget crisis.
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.
Madigan thanks House for work in ‘epic struggle’ over budget
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois House wrapped up its two-year session Tuesday with legislation to help the incoming governor, with House Speaker Michael Madigan praising lawmakers for persevering in an "epic struggle" over state spending with outgoing Gov. Bruce Rauner.
Marijuana legalization debate shifts from ‘when’ to ‘how’
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Proposed plans for the legalization of recreational marijuana use in Illinois have shifted from "when" to "how."
Democratic Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker campaigned on the legalization issue and its corresponding tax revenue of as much as $1 billion a year. And Democratic Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan is on board .
House Speaker Frank Chopp to step down as leader next spring
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Longtime Washington state House Speaker Frank Chopp announced Tuesday that he will step down from his leadership post next spring, but will continue to serve in the chamber.
The Seattle Democrat is the longest longest-serving speaker of the House. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, Chopp is the second longest-serving House speaker in the nation, second only to Speaker Michael Madigan in Illinois.
Madigan supports Pritzker efforts on marijuana, income tax
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan says he supports Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker's plans to legalize recreational marijuana and create a graduated income tax.
The Chicago Democrat said Tuesday he's had several "very friendly and very productive" conversations with Pritzker since the Democrat beat Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner in last week's election.
The Latest: Pritzker promises campaign finance reform
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Latest on J.B. Pritzker's election as Illinois governor (all times local):
Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker says voters trust him to clean up government, end conflicts of interest and reform campaign finance laws.
Without Rauner money, GOP faces tough legislative races
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Republicans who gained ground in the Illinois General Assembly two years ago with Gov. Bruce Rauner's financial assistance have a tougher go of it this year.
Rauner and his top backers showered more than $40 million on legislative races in 2016. Against a legislative district map drawn by Democrats, the GOP picked up two seats in the Senate and four in the House, where they eliminated powerful House Speaker Michael Madigan's veto-proof majority.
Rauner, Madigan urge Senate to seek FBI probe of Kavanaugh
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois leaders of both parties are urging the U.S. Senate to delay a vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and ask the FBI to investigate a charge of sexual assault against him.
Illinois political parties embrace anti-abuse panel’s report
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Leaders of the state's major political parties are embracing a report's recommendations to end sexual harassment in Illinois government.
The Illinois Anti-Harassment, Equality and Access Panel issued the report Wednesday. It suggests that parties help elect more women to public office, only fund campaigns with strict anti-harassment policies, set up an independent process to investigate complaints and more.
Report: Elect women, change campaign culture to end abuse
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois' political parties can make a leap toward eliminating sexual harassment and bolstering gender equity by electing women to half of all political offices in the state, according to a report released Wednesday by a panel of women in state government.
Madigan: ‘I didn’t do enough’ to combat sexual harassment
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan says combatting sexual harassment in the Capitol has become a "personal mission" but he wishes he'd acted sooner to "correct past mistakes."
The Latest: Rauner rallies Republicans at state fair
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Latest on Illinois Republicans' political rally at Governor's Day at the Illinois State Fair (all times local):
Gov. Bruce Rauner has rallied Republicans at the Illinois State Fair by bashing Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan and promising to make the GOP the "majority party."
CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago lawmaker has been named interim executive director of the Democratic Party of Illinois.
Rep. Christian Mitchell will replace Timothy Mapes, who stepped down from the post and from his job as chief of staff to House Speaker Michael Madigan amid sexual harassment allegations.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Retiring State Rep. Patricia Bellock is taking over as the director of the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services.
In a news release, Gov. Bruce Rauner announced the appointment of the Hinsdale Republican, who announced last year that she wouldn't seek another term in the Illinois House after nearly two decades in office.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The former chief of staff to Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan who resigned amid sexual harassment allegations will collect $130,500 for unused vacation and sick time, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.
A 40-year state employee, Timothy Mapes will be reimbursed for 91 vacation days and will get half-pay for 146 sick days for a payout of $130,516.28, according to records disclosed under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A former state executive inspector general will investigate the Illinois House of Representatives after several sexual harassment scandals.
House Speaker Michael Madigan announced Monday that he and eight women legislators selected Maggie Hickey to review House operations and procedures.
Speaker seeks officer to combat sexual harassment
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan says he will hire a human resources director and officer for equal employment opportunity and affirmative action to combat sexual harassment.
In a statement, it was announced Madigan and new chief of staff Jessica Basham will conduct a search. They say the employee will "promote a fair, equitable and unbiased work environment" for the speaker's 200 employees.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The powerful head of the Illinois Democratic Party appointed an all-woman panel to choose its next executive director and the state's Republican governor signed ethics legislation on Friday as lawmakers scrambled to contain a growing scandal over sexual harassment.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Democratic Party Chairman Michael Madigan has named a committee composed entirely of women to choose the party's next executive director.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Democratic Party Chairman Michael Madigan has named a committee composed entirely of women to choose the party's next executive director.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Three women Democratic state representatives are calling for an independent investigation of House Speaker Michael Madigan's office.
Thursday's announcement comes a day after an employee accused Madigan's chief of staff of making lewd comments and mishandling complaints of sexual harassment. Tim Mapes resigned, making him the second top Democratic leader forced out in less than a week.
Madigan said Wednesday he'd appoint an investigator to review all House operations.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The chief of staff to powerful Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan abruptly resigned Wednesday after an employee accused him of lewd comments and of mishandling complaints of sexual harassment.
Sherri Garrett, a $42,000-a-year account technician for the House, told a news conference in Chicago that Timothy Mapes brushed aside her complaints of lawmakers' harassment of her and other women on at least two occasions.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Latest on allegations of sexual harassment against Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan's chief of staff (all times local):
A state employee who accused the chief of staff to Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan of sexual harassment is relieved at his resignation.
Sherri Garrett issued a statement Wednesday after Madigan announced he had accepted Timothy Mapes' resignation.
CHICAGO (AP) — Lawyers for Illinois House speaker Michael Madigan are asking for the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by an ex-campaign worker who alleges her reporting of sexual harassment cost her a promotion in the speaker's political organization.
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.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The No. 3 Democrat in the Illinois House stepped down from his leadership post Thursday less than an hour after a legislative activist accused him of verbal abuse and sexual harassment.
Deputy Majority Leader Lou Lang of Skokie submitted his resignation to House Speaker Michael Madigan, but later denied the allegations against him as "absurd."
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The process for investigating ethics complaints in the Illinois General Assembly is rife with "trap doors, blind alleys and loopholes" set up to bury politically sensitive grievances, a lawmaker who claims retaliation from the House speaker said Thursday.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Latest on Rep. Kelly Cassidy's call for a new system to investigate legislative ethics complaints (all times local):
Illinois lawmakers studying remedies to sexual harassment in state government say they are considering measures suggested by a colleague who claims retaliation by House Speaker Michael Madigan.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan has called for an investigation into claims that he or his allies retaliated against fellow Democratic Rep. Kelly Cassidy for speaking out on sexual harassment, but Cassidy said Tuesday night she questions the independence of the investigative process.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Latest on an Illinois lawmaker's claim of retaliation by House Speaker Michael Madigan (all times local):
An Illinois lawmaker who believes House Speaker Michael Madigan retaliated against her for speaking out on sexual harassment is pleased that Madigan has asked for an independent investigation.
But Chicago Democratic Rep. Kelly Cassidy said Tuesday she doesn't trust the process that exists for reviewing complaints involving legislators.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A former House Democrat who spurned powerful Speaker Michael Madigan in favor of his nemesis, Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, has been appointed by Rauner to a $70,000-a-year political post.
Secretary of State records released Friday indicate that Rauner tabbed Chicago Democrat Ken Dunkin for a vacant post on the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — House Speaker Michael Madigan wants more detail on Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposed fix for the Quincy veterans' home before agreeing to spend hundreds of millions of dollars.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposal to reinstate the death penalty for certain violent crimes and other changes he made to gun legislation will get a House hearing.
Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan announced Thursday that lawmakers will have a public hearing on the Republican governor's proposal Monday.
House Speaker Michael Madigan was re-elected Monday to his position as head of Illinois’ Democratic Party, as expected.
Madigan received the endorsement of Illinois’ Democratic committee to head the state’s dominant political party, a position the speaker has held since 1998.
This makes him not only the longest-serving legislative leader in American history but also the longest-serving head of a major political party in Illinois history, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
Status of anti-harassment panel precludes Bustos
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos is withdrawing from a statewide panel studying sexual harassment and discrimination to allow it to be more independent.
The Democrat from Moline said Wednesday election law and ethics rules prevent her from serving with the group if it becomes an independent legal entity.
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) — Gov. Bruce Rauner on Thursday compared the business practices of Illinois' powerful House speaker with mafia tactics, opening a new attack on his longtime political foe while urging Republican unity following a bruising primary he barely won.
Illinois House speaker discloses harassment complaints
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan released a list Tuesday of nine complaints of sexual harassment, retaliation or discrimination investigated by his state office in the past five years and how they were resolved, hoping to get ahead of criticism that he's mismanaged the issue.
"I'm not resigning," the longest-serving state House speaker in U.S. history told reporters after a three-hour closed-door meeting with his Democratic caucus meeting. "I'm moving forward."
Sex-harassment, taxes, Rauner v. Madigan key in Ill. races
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — One out of every five Illinois legislators taking the oath of office next winter will be new to the General Assembly. Thirty lawmakers, many worn down by years of skirmishing between Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan over state finances — and just about everything else — have retired or will not stand for re-election in November.
The Latest: Democrats attack Rauner, Trump, spare 1 another
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Latest on the Democratic gubernatorial debate (all times local):
Illinois Democrats running for governor attacked Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and President Donald Trump but largely avoided jabs at one another during a debate in Springfield.
More Democrats want probe into misconduct at Madigan offices
CHICAGO (AP) — A growing number of Illinois Democrats are calling for an independent investigation into longtime House Speaker Michael Madigan's political and state operations, after a second worker in a week was dismissed for misconduct.
Madigan says he’s taking steps to end harassment, abuse
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan says he's taking steps to end harassment or abuse at the statehouse and in his political operation, after a former staff member said party officials were too slow to act.
In a letter to Democratic caucus members Friday, Madigan says "We haven't done enough." He says "I take responsibility for that."
Ex-Madigan aide arrested for violating order of protection
CHICAGO (AP) — An ex-campaign worker for Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan's Democratic organization has been arrested for allegedly violating a protective order.
Kevin Quinn was fired this week for allegedly sending inappropriate text messages to a colleague. Alaina Hampton filed a complaint against Madigan-controlled political funds Monday at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, describing how Quinn treated her.