SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A worker at the Springfield convention center where the Illinois House convened for a special session last week has tested positive for COVID-19, the office of Speaker...
CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge won't reconsider his decision to throw out a lawsuit alleging Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan conspired to put up sham candidates in a 2016 Democratic...
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois General Assembly will return to Springfield for three days next week to take up a spring session workload long delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.
CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge on Friday ordered court oversight for the Cook County clerk’s office after determining Clerk Karen Yarbrough has violated anti-patronage hiring rules.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan on Tuesday defended his office’s handling of a sexual misconduct investigation into former Democratic state Rep. Jack Franks....
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois State Police executed a search warrant at House Speaker Michael Madigan state Capitol offices this week as part of an investigation into sexual misconduct,...
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Don Harmon was elected Sunday as the next Illinois Senate president, becoming the first new leader of the Illinois General Assembly’s upper chamber in more than a...
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois' powerful House speaker spent nearly half a million dollars in campaign contributions on legal fees in the last three months of 2019, records show.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker's agriculture director has resigned after acknowledging he received, but did not act on, a lobbyist's email seven years ago that referenced an...
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Thursday denounced as “horrific” a newly disclosed email a powerful lobbyist sent seven years ago to top aides in the previous governor's...
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The speaker of the Illinois House said Wednesday that he had no knowledge of an alleged unreported rape that was referenced in an email written in 2012 by one of his close...
CHICAGO (AP) — The longest-serving state House speaker in modern American history is a subject of inquiries in an ongoing federal corruption investigation that has already entangled several top...
CHICAGO (AP) — A former campaign consultant for Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan has reached a $275,000 settlement to a federal lawsuit she filed against several of his political...
CHICAGO (AP) — Cook County Democrats have chosen a utility company executive to fill the legislative seat vacated by former Rep. Luis Arroyo (loo-EES' uh-ROY'-yoh) after he was charged with...
CHICAGO (AP) — A published report says the son of Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan invited a suburban mayor to a fundraiser for his father around the time he was trying to convince that...
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A state representative in Illinois charged with bribery, one of several prominent Democrats under scrutiny in federal investigations this year, resigned Friday.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Leaders of the Illinois House launched an investigation Tuesday into a Democratic lawmaker who refused to resign despite a bribery charge, a move that could lead to his...
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Latest on Illinois state legislator charged with bribery (all times local):
Illinois Senate President John Cullerton is suggesting a joint...
CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on Illinois state legislator charged with bribery (all times local):
Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan says a lawmaker accused of bribery in a...
CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. J.B. Pritzker is praising the release of a report on bullying and harassment in Michael Madigan's office, but is sidestepping questions about Illinois House speaker's...
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Power in Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan's office has been too centralized and its environment has fostered an atmosphere that condones bullying, intimidation,...
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) — 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) — 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...
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...
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 .
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.