Some advocates for comprehensive immigration reform have expressed outrage that President Barack Obama won’t take executive action to impose reforms until after the fall elections, but U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin said he won’t criticize the president’s decision.
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn tried Monday to persuade House Democrats to extend the state’s temporary income tax increase to avoid what he says would be “savage” budget cuts, but emerged from a roughly three-hour meeting with lawmakers still well short of the votes he needs for approval.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel this Independence Day is challenging House Republicans to take up the immigration issue and pass a federal law that sets a clear path to citizenship.
The House Republicans’ plan would create a new tax credit for families who earn less than $150,000 a year and send their kids to accredited Illinois schools, as well as a new tax deduction for using college savings programs.
Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White is calling on his onetime political protégé, State Rep. Derrick Smith (D-Chicago), to resign after his arrest for bribery.
U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.) is celebrating a House Republican decision to back off a bill that could have meant severe cuts to funding for urban mass transit.
Illinois House Republicans – and even some House Democrats – want to roll back the state’s corporate income tax increase, but there’s no serious talk of also rolling back the personal income tax hike.