House Speaker Michael Madigan

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner declares victory during his election night gathering while incumbent Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn is yet to concede on November 4, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. Rauner leads by over 170,000 votes with 98 percent reporting. (Photo by John Gress/Getty Images)

Rauner Meets With Madigan And Cullerton

Republican Governor-elect Bruce Rauner has met with top Democratic legislative leaders House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton. The trio met for roughly two hours Thursday at the private Chicago Club.

11/13/2014

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner declares victory during his election night gathering while incumbent Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn is yet to concede on November 4, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. Rauner leads by over 170,000 votes with 98 percent reporting. (Photo by John Gress/Getty Images)

Rauner Still Not Giving Details On Economic Plans

Governor-elect Bruce Rauner remained mum Wednesday when it came to specifics for his short-term economic plans for Illinois, ahead of a meeting with the state’s top lawmakers.

11/07/2014

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum (John Muchow/www.presidentlincoln.org)

Lawmakers Debate Overhaul Of Lincoln Library & Museum

State lawmakers on Wednesday discussed the future of the Abraham Presidential Library and Museum, amid a proposal by House Speaker Michael Madigan to split it off from the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency.

10/01/2014

Ballots

Illinois To Ask Voters About Taxing Millionaires

Illinois voters will get a chance in November to weigh in on whether millionaires should pay an additional income tax to help fund schools after Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation Tuesday adding a nonbinding resolution to the ballot.

07/29/2014

(Credit: GetCoveredIllinois.gov)

Clout-Heavy Firm Had Key Job In Illinois’ Obamacare Rollout

A key subcontractor working on the campaign to promote President Barack Obama’s health care law in Illinois is a Chicago political strategy consulting firm owned by three former aides to some of the state’s most-powerful Democrats.

06/13/2014

Illinois State Senate

State Lawmakers Continue 2015 Budget Talks

Illinois lawmakers continued to grapple Wednesday with a new state budget, as Republicans ripped majority Democrats for spending beyond their means with a plan even Democrats acknowledge leaves “big unanswered questions” about the state’s finances.

05/29/2014

Illinois State Capitol

Illinois House Advances 2015 Budget

Having given up on extending Illinois’ temporary income tax increase — at least for now — the Illinois Legislature is moving forward with a scaled-back budget that could lead to layoffs, further delays in paying the state’s bills and a post-election vote to make the tax hike permanent or generate some other source of revenue.

05/27/2014

Illinois House Of Representatives

Democrats Regroup, Craft Budget Without Higher Tax

House Speaker Michael Madigan emerged from a Memorial Day caucus meeting and told reporters that he was dropping the idea of making the 5 percent income tax permanent — and crafting a budget blueprint that holds the line on spending but is not the “doomsday” plan the House overwhelmingly rejected on Friday.

05/27/2014

Pile of cash (CBS)

House OKs ‘Millionaires Tax’ Ballot Initiative

The proposal would place a non-binding resolution on the November ballot asking voters if the Illinois Constitution should be amended to add a 3 percent surcharge to incomes of more than $1 million.

05/23/2014

Illinois State Rep. Derrick Smith (D-Chicago) leaves the Dirksen Building federal courthouse on March 13, 2012, after he was released on bond, following his arrest for allegedly taking a $7,000 bribe. (Credit: CBS)

Judge Won’t Delay Lawmaker’s Bribery Trial

Rep. Derrick Smith is a Chicago Democrat who’s charged with accepting a $7,000 bribe. He is scheduled to go to trial May 28, but the Legislature isn’t scheduled to adjourn until May 31.

05/21/2014

Illinois House Of Representatives

House Democrats ‘Significantly’ Short Of Votes For Tax Hike

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.

05/20/2014

Illinois House Of Representatives

Madigan Advances Minimum Wage Ballot Question

Weeks after it became clear Illinois Democrats were struggling to find the necessary votes for legislation to increase the state’s minimum wage, House Speaker Michael Madigan began advancing the issue by another route, in a move laced with political calculation.

05/16/2014

Illinois House Of Representatives

Madigan: Budget Vote Helps With Tax Increase

House Speaker Michael Madigan said Wednesday that his chamber’s effort to pass a budget without first securing all the needed revenue would aid a push to make an income tax hike permanent, but his colleagues in the Senate were not happy with the unusual move.

05/15/2014

Illinois State Capitol in Springfield

Illinois College Retirement Board OKs Pension Fix

The board of the State Universities Retirement System voted Thursday to accept an interpretation of last year’s state-pension reform law that says the law won’t inadvertently cut university retirees’ pensions.

05/09/2014

Ballots

Group Gets 532,000 Signatures To End Gerrymandered Districts

With the help of wealthy donors and a bipartisan group of politicians, a petition to end the gerrymandering of Illinois election districts was presented Thursday, but it faces a stiff constitutional challenge that could keep the question off the November ballot.

05/02/2014

US President Barack Obama departs after making a statement to the press on April 2, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois, on the shooting at the Fort Hood military base in Texas. (JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

House Panel Takes Second Vote On $100M For Obama Library

An Illinois House committee has voted a second time to approve $100 million in state funding to bring Barack Obama’s presidential library and museum to Illinois.

04/30/2014

An Illinois Voter Casts Her Ballot. (Michal Czerwonka/Getty Images)

Amendment Protecting Ill. Voters To Go On Ballot

Illinois voters will consider a constitutional amendment this fall aimed at scuttling attempts at voter suppression after Senate action Thursday.

04/11/2014

Illinois House Of Representatives

House, Senate Approve Chicago Pension Reform Plan

The legislation sponsored by House Speaker Michael Madigan overcame earlier resistance after the Chicago Democrat removed language mentioning the tax increase. Opponents feared they’d be blamed for a Chicago tax increase.

04/08/2014

City Hall

Lawmakers Fear Blame For Chicago Pension Tax Hike

A fast-tracked plan to overhaul two Chicago city-pension programs slowed in the Illinois House Thursday, as nervous lawmakers said they fear backlash for a massive property-tax increase even if they don’t directly approve it.

04/04/2014

Ald. Ed Burke (14th)

Emanuel Pension Plan Clears First Hurdle In Springfield

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to reform two underfunded employee pension systems quickly took its first step toward approval in the Illinois General Assembly on Wednesday.

04/02/2014

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