State Lawmaker Wants Illinois Schools To Teach Cursive WritingA lawmaker has suggested putting cursive back in the curriculum at Illinois schools, but not enough lawmakers would sign off on his idea.
State Could Require Lead Testing At All Illinois Schools, DaycaresEnvironmental activists and others said they have reached a compromise on a statewide requirement to test for lead in drinking water at schools and daycare centers.
Democratic Lawmakers Sue To Get Paid, Despite State Budget MessThe Democratic lawmakers filed a lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court on Friday demanding that Republican Comptroller Leslie Munger and Gov. Bruce Rauner "end unwarranted political pressure."
Top-Ranking GOP Illinois State Lawmaker Ron Sandack ResignsTop-ranking Republican state Rep. Ron Sandack says he's resigning from the Illinois House, citing "cyber security issues."
Illinois Budget Deal Heading For House VoteThe state’s epic budget impasse could end Thursday, as lawmakers were expected to vote on a stopgap spending plan, and a full-year education funding deal allowing schools to open in fall.
Illinois State Rep. Jack Franks Resigning To Seek McHenry County PostOutspoken Democratic state Rep. Jack Franks said Sunday that he will run for McHenry County board chairman instead of seeking re-election for the Illinois House where he's served since 1999, a decision fueled by the state's unprecedented budget impasse.
Obama Backs Dunkin Challenger Stratton In Illinois House RaceIn a rare move, President Barack Obama is joining the fray in an Illinois House race, backing a first-time candidate against a Democratic incumbent in a race that has become a proxy war in the battle between Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan and Gov. Bruce Rauner.
Illinois House Candidate Claims Opponent's Supporters Attacked HimA candidate running for the Illinois House says he was attacked by supporters of the incumbent’s campaign, but someone else is claiming the candidate attacked him outside his campaign office.
Illinois House OK's Measure For Elected School Board In ChicagoChicago elected school board members until a 1995 reform that gave the city's mayor power to appoint the board.
Dunkin-Stratton Debate Turns Out To Be All About MadiganWhen state Rep. Ken Dunkin (D-Chicago) met Thursday night for a 90-minute debate with 5th District Democratic primary challenger Juliana Stratton, virtually every topic circled back eventually to Dunkin's estrangement from Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan.
Commercial Business Group Sounds Off On Emanuel Property Tax PlanAs members of an Illinois House committee prepared to hold a hearing on Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s request to expand property tax exemptions to ease the burden of his proposed property tax hike, Chicago landlords were criticizing the mayor’s plan.
Funeral Services Set For Late State Rep. Esther GolarChicago funeral home A.A Rayner & Sons says visitation is Monday. The wake and funeral are Tuesday at Trinity United Church of Christ where Golar was a member. She died this week at age 71.