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.
Illinois Senate Rejects Rauner's Veto Of Anti-Heroin BillSenate Democrats bucked Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto Wednesday in instituting a law to fight heroin abuse in Illinois, but ran into predictable Republican derision when they approved spending $3.8 billion to fund a variety of programs from breast cancer screenings to lottery prizes.
Rauner Keeps Finger Pointed At Madigan For Budget ImpasseRepublican Gov. Bruce Rauner doubled down Tuesday on his efforts to blame Democratic House Speaker Mike Madigan for the state’s budget impasse, accusing him of stalling any agreement on a spending plan.
Governor, Democrats Still At Odds In Face Of Partial Government ShutdownHouse Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) planned to call for a vote on a $2.3 billion one-month budget to avoid the shutdown, but Gov. Bruce Rauner's office has indicated he would veto any such measure.
State Budget Deadline Looms With No Compromise In SightIt’s a race against the clock in Springfield, with lawmakers and Gov. Bruce Rauner facing a midnight deadline to reach a deal on the state budget so no state services are interrupted.
House Defeats Delay In CPS Pension PaymentIllinois Democrats' cross-party dispute in the state Capitol turned internal Tuesday when the majority party in the House failed to approve giving cash-strapped Chicago Public Schools a six-week reprieve on making a $634 million pension contribution.

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