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SPRINGFIELD – Illinois lawmakers could not tap taxpayer funds to settle sexual harassment complaints under legislation that moved to the House floor Wednesday. Officials with the General Assembly claim it's never happened in Illinois, but Rep. David McSweeney wants to avoid cases such as those ...
Should it pass into law, the lawmakers that previously drew the legislative boundaries for not only the Illinois General Assembly but the U.S. Congressional districts would be replaced by a 16-member group of independent Illinoisans. Spain echoed former President Barack Obama's thoughts about whom ...

Should it pass into law, the lawmakers that previously drew the legislative boundaries for not only the Illinois General Assembly but the U.S. Congressional districts would be replaced by a 16-member group of independent Illinoisans. Spain echoed former President Barack Obama's thoughts about whom ...
The bill, which was passed by the General Assembly last fall and is currently on the governor's desk, usurps local authority and the rights of municipalities for the economic gain of a thriving industry. Included in the lack of local authority is a cap on how much cities and villages could charge cell companies ...
The Illinois General Assembly has approved a bill that, if signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner, would make it unlawful for a person to engage in the business of selling, leasing or otherwise transferring firearms without a license issued by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. The Gun ...
Responding to a nationwide call from students and parents for immediate action on gun safety in the wake of another tragic mass shooting, Illinois House Democrats passed critical legislation reducing access to assault rifles, banning the sale of 'bump stock' modifications, and licensing gun dealers to ensure all state and ...

Just days before the Parkland shooting, Rotering told the Sun-Times this: "We in Highland Park banned assault weapons and were taken to the United States Supreme Court and we prevailed. It's now constitutional to ban these weapons of war in Illinois. Yet, the Illinois General Assembly has failed to allow ...
Today we begin endorsements for the Illinois General Assembly. You want change in Springfield? You have to send it. But look: Of 39 seats up for grabs this election cycle in the Illinois Senate, only five have contested primaries. Eighteen incumbents, many of whom have been in Springfield longer than a ...
Candidates for Illinois governor are discussing medical and recreational marijuana and a bill has been introduced in the General Assembly that would allow ... The state Senate on Thursday voted to ask on the November ballot whether recreational use of marijuana should be legalized and taxed in Illinois.
We asked him why he's running for the Democratic nomination in the Illinois House of Representatives in the 1st District: I'm state representative of the 1st district of Illinois and I've been serving in the Illinois General Assembly for 27 years. Immediately, education. Public education. Whether it be the ...
Where do you stand on marijuana? Do you think it's time to legalize it or do you think it's a bad idea? Whichever way you lean, Springfield may let you vote on it this fall. The Illinois General Assembly is back in session and lawmakers are wrestling with cannabis proposals, including one to expand the use of ...
This week the Illinois Department of Public Health confirmed two more cases of Legionnaire's disease at the home, continuing an outbreak that has already ... Cullerton said this will give the Illinois General Assembly a clearer picture of infrastructure problems at the home and the state's response to them.
Governor Bruce Rauner just gave his budget address to the Illinois General Assembly and has formally submitted his budget proposal for consideration — his budget would spend $37.6 billion and is estimating that the state will bring in $37.9 billion. This begins an important process that our elected officials ...
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner delivers his State of the State address to a joint session of the General Assembly last month. On Wednesday, he delivered his ... Attorney General Madigan, Secretary White, Comptroller Mendoza, Treasurer Frerichs, members of the General Assembly, distinguished guests, ...
“Simply put, the Illinois tax system consistently fails to generate enough revenue to maintain the same level of public services from year to year, after ... Bruce Rauner's office announced this week that the state would be requesting $1.1 billion more from the General Assembly to cover a budget shortfall.
When it comes to easing restrictions on cannabis, Illinois has not been a pioneer. Medical marijuana was ... Right now, Illinois is getting the benefit of a multitude of experiments in marijuana policy from the states that have jumped out in front. The information ... In the General Assembly, Sen. Heather Steans ...
As for Illinois General Assembly races, 93rd District Rep. Norine Hammond, R-Macomb, has a Republican primary challenger in Joshua Griffith, but 47th District Sen. Jil Tracy, R-Quincy, and 74th District Rep. Dan Swanson, R-Alpha, have no primary challengers as they seek re-election. Democrat John ...

A bill has been proposed at the Illinois General Assembly that would put term limits on four legislative positions. Republican Rep. Thomas M. Bennett of Gibson City has proposed the bill. It would limit the House speaker, Senate president and the minority leader in each chamber to 10 consecutive years in ...
SPRINGFIELD — A bill has been proposed at the Illinois General Assembly that would put term limits on four legislative positions. The legislation would limit the House speaker and the Senate president, along with the minority leader in each chamber, to 10 consecutive years in their roles. The bill is ...
Against a starkly unsuccessful incumbent Republican governor running in an inhospitable national environment, Illinois Democrats have the chance to win and, with control of the General Assembly, to devise serious solutions to intractable problems. But the Democratic race for governor has been notable ...
A pair of bills entered into the Illinois General Assembly will have legislators considering whether or not to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco to 21-years-old. HB 4297 was introduced by Rep. Camille Lilly, D-Oak Park and has garnered five co-sponsors, while SB 2332 was introduced by Sen.
With the General Assembly returning Tuesday, legislators will face a variety of issues, from school funding and infrastructure needs to whether Illinois will be the next state to legalize marijuana. And there's always the issue about whether Gov. Bruce Rauner and the legislature can agree on a budget.
... at least the appearance that he had a romantic interest in Rotheimer,” and that “has harmed the public's trust in the General Assembly.” In the end, Porter said Silverstein didn't commit sexual harassment, so he's not subject to the $5,000 fine. He did violate the section of the Illinois Governmental Ethics Act ...
In the Illinois General Assembly, state Rep. David McSweeney, R-Barrington Hills, is co-sponsoring a bipartisan bill with Sen. Tom Cullerton, D-Villa Park, that could speed construction of one or more new buildings on the 210-acre campus to further lower the risk of Legionella bacteria. Senate Bill 2308 and ...
Recreational marijuana could become legal in Illinois under a proposal now in the General Assembly. ... Eight states and Washington, D.C., now allow adults to use the drug on a recreational basis, and two bills in the state legislature would make Illinois the ninth — but local legislators are split on whether ...
The budget Madigan muscled through the Illinois General Assembly this year is another example of the Chicago Democrat's tax-and-spend philosophy. He raises your taxes while standing in the way of real spending reform that would benefit Illinois taxpayers. This antiquated policy hurts the Rock Island ...
“I think there's enough critical mass and opportunity in the General Assembly to get something done,” said state Rep. Michael Zalewski, D-Riverside. Zalewski, long a proponent of gaming, is sponsoring legislation, House Bill 479, which would legalize and regulate online daily fantasy sports sites such as ...
One issue is that Illinois is surrounded by states with right-to-work laws, which allow employees to exercise their freedom-of-assembly rights to bypass union membership. Employers see right-to-work rules as shorthand for a flexible, pro-growth environment. Illinois' Democrat-controlled General Assembly ...
During the five months the Illinois General Assembly was in regular session, state lawmakers passed 615 new bills. What did taxpayers get from these bills? Reforms to boost Illinois' economy, which is lagging behind the rest of the nation? Solutions to fix the state's $250 billion pension crisis? Nope.
For the Illinois General Assembly: Find a way to tame the pension crisis. The word "crisis" is sometimes used as hyperbole. But not when the subject is the funding of Illinois' public pensions. In the current fiscal year, the state is making a $7.9 billion contribution to the five state-run funds (downstate and ...
The Illinois General Assembly's two veterans committees are scheduled to hold a joint legislative hearing to address the Legionnaires' disease outbreak at a ... Cullerton says it's important for the General Assembly to get to the root of the issue and "find out exactly what was known and who knew what.".
An attempt to put term limits on legislators is in the works in the Illinois General Assembly again, this time targeting the four legislative leaders. Rep. Thomas M. Bennett, R-Gibson City, has proposed House Bill 4194 which would limit the House speaker, Senate president and the minority leader in each chamber to 10 ...
It asks, among other things, whether the candidates would push the Illinois General Assembly to back a constitutional amendment creating a nonpartisan commission to draw maps, and whether they would back a citizen-based initiative to do so. Getting the candidates on the record is only half of the ...
4 birthday as President Obama Day, although it won't be an actual state holiday. Here's hoping last year's session of the Illinois General Assembly addressed your particular interests. If not, well, you can always join the tens of thousands of other Illinois residents and leave. You might consider California.
An Illinois official has canceled a $12 million contract she says should have been offered to the highest bidder by Gov. ... the Democrats who control the General Assembly not adopted the procurement reform measure Rauner has demanded as part of his agenda to clean up Illinois' reputation for corruption.
The General Assembly, however, is under no obligation to act. Absent a dramatic change in College Illinois' fortunes, it's difficult to envision a scenario where more state money won't be needed to ensure contracts are honored, whether or not contract sales resume. A draconian option would be to refund ...
He graduated from Lane Tech High School and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting from the University of Illinois at Chicago. In 1982, Berrios became the first Latino member of the Illinois General Assembly. During his time at the Board of Review, Berrios developed a deep understanding of the ...
Four incumbents who cover the Barrington area in the Illinois General Assembly are set to face challengers in the 2018 general election but not the primary ... According to candidate filings with the Illinois State Board of Elections, two Democratic candidates are looking to compete against one another in ...
Following the remand, the Illinois General Assembly proposed Public Act 99-113, which amended the IRMLA to reject the holding and Dina I, ...
In response, the General Assembly passed Senate Bill 402—unanimously—during its veto session. Today, Governor Bruce Rauner signed the ...
The Illinois General Assembly's new ethics watchdog can now begin investigating a backlog of 27 cases. They've been piling up for nearly three years while the office has been vacant. Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a law yesterday that removes an expiration date on some of the complaints. Rauner wasn't ...
With both houses of the Illinois General Assembly overriding the veto of Governor Bruce Rauner, the Illinois Student Loan Servicing Rights Act ...
To that end, the Illinois General Assembly has passed a bill that would restrict municipalities' ability to regulate the siting of equipment that ...
Rauner on Thursday said the Illinois General Assembly's recent series of veto overrides aren't "personal." | Ashlee Rezin/Sun-Times.
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 ...
Gov. Bruce Rauner has congratulated the Illinois General Assembly for adopting anti-sexual harassment protections. But the Republican took a ...
A Republican member of the Legislative Ethics Commission said Thursday she thinks investigations of legislative ethics should be independent of the Illinois General Assembly. State Sen. Karen McConnaughay, R-St. Charles, said she is working with others "to completely change the ethics commission.".
Sex-harassment bill puts Illinois leaders on the defensive .... "This gap in the law leaves the General Assembly responsible for developing and ...
Bruce Rauner on Monday applauded the Illinois General Assembly for finally naming an inspector general to handle complaints — but gave ...
Ex-Federal Prosecutor Is Named To General Assembly Ethics Post ... The Illinois General Assembly finally has chosen someone to investigate ...


 

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