Illinois House

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.

20 hours ago

Gavel

State Panel Subpoenas Former Head Of Gov. Quinn’s Anti-Crime Program

The vote means committee members will compel Barbara Shaw to answer questions about the $55 million Neighborhood Recovery Initiative.

06/23/2014

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 House Of Representatives

Lawmakers To Try Again After Budget Fails In House

House Speaker Michael Madigan said Friday that lawmakers will try again to draft a 2015 budget after the House overwhelmingly rejected a $34.5 billion budget that would have made deep cuts to schools and social services next year in a vote one Republican critic called “all theater.”

05/23/2014

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

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

Illinois House Of Representatives

Illinois House Shoots Down Ban On Gay Conversion Therapy

An effort to ban the controversial practice of “conversion therapy” to turn gay, lesbian and bisexual youth heterosexual has been defeated in the Illinois House.

04/11/2014

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

A Lyft car sits at a stoplight. As ridesharing services like Lyft, Uber and SideCar become more popular, the taxi industry is pushing for tougher regulation of their new competition. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Illinois House OKs Ride-Sharing Regulations

Illinois lawmakers took steps Thursday toward creating rules for unregulated ridesharing companies, which have gained popularity in Chicago the past few years.

04/11/2014

(File Photo: LOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images)

House Panel OKs Measure Requiring Workplace Protections For Pregnant Women

A proposal in Springfield aims to protect pregnant women in Illinois against workplace discrimination.

04/10/2014

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

(Photo credit: RAUL ARBOLEDA/AFP/Getty Images)

Move To Decriminalize Pot Possession Advances In Springfield

Proposed legislation sponsored by state Rep. Kelly Cassidy (D-Chicago) would make possession of an ounce of marijuana a petty offense, punishable only by a fine of no more than $100.

04/03/2014

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

Anna Moeller (Credit: City of Elgin)

Elgin Councilwoman Sworn In To Replace Farnham In House

Elgin City Council member Anna Moeller was sworn in Sunday to replace former state Rep. Keith Farnham, who resigned earlier this month.

03/31/2014

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