All of the Democrats hoping to unseat Gov. Bruce Rauner in 2018 are backing Speaker of the House Michael Madigan's budget goal of raising taxes rather than enacting reforms, a Madigan spokesman told the Chicago Tribune recently.
An education funding reform bill passed the House on Wednesday despite major reservations from Republicans. Many House members, including Rep. Steven Andersson (R-Geneva), found the measure overly Chicago-centric.
Sen. Iris Martinez's (D-Chicago) hope for so-called "Dreamers" won't become a reality anytime soon after her measure to allow non-U.S. citizens to obtain a pharmacy license in Illinois was rejected by the House on May 19.
A bill to prohibit local law enforcement agencies from enforcing what many Democrats call unfair federal civil immigration laws passed the House on Monday despite major concerns from Republicans such as Reps. Steven Andersson (R-Geneva) and Allen Skillicorn (R-East Dundee).
Sen. Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) is demanding a state investigation after the Kankakee Times reported on the anticipated district-by-district financial impact of his Senate Bill 1, which promises to change the state's formula for dispensing money to public schools.
Financial expert Mark Glennon of Wilmette says in his analysis of a new study on state and local pensions that the options available to reduce the substantial obligations facing Illinois funds include amending the state constitution or going through federal bankruptcy.
A Senate bill introduced to the House by Rep. Barbara Wheeler (R-Crystal Lake) that would amend the township code to allow only one vote per member of a caucus for a township office passed on Wednesday despite some objections from within her own party.
A House bill that would force state universities to allocate a percentage of their admissions spots to first-time freshmen garnered the ire of many Republicans on Tuesday, including Rep. Steven Andersson (R-Geneva), who asserted that the government should not interfere with the public university admission process.