Rep. Jack Franks
A state lawmaker thinks the Metra chairman’s violation of a ban on outside government pay should be the last straw for the entire Metra board.
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation that prevents transit board members from receiving taxpayer-funded health care and pension benefits after they leave the boards.
Powerful Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan said Thursday he asked senior staff at Metra to consider a pay raise for an associate who was employed at the commuter rail agency, but withdrew the recommendation after Metra’s then-CEO expressed discomfort over it.
All 11 Metra Board members — as well as former Metra CEO Alex Clifford — are being asked to appear July 11 before a legislative committee delving into a hefty severance package that could reap Clifford nearly $750,000 over more than two years, lawmakers said Wednesday.
A state lawmaker wants Illinois to stop using schools as polling places on Election Day, but the idea doesn’t sit well with local election authorities.
Before adjourning the spring session and leaving Springfield last week, Illinois lawmakers sent Gov. Quinn a bill that would require the state to reveal the details publicly on corporate tax breaks.
On a day when Pro Football Hall of Famer Richard Dent was honored in the Illinois House, it seems the only person reporters wanted to talk to was indicted Illinois State Rep. Derrick Smith (D-Chicago).
The Illinois House of Representatives has passed a bill that criminalizes failing to report a missing child, in the wake of the fallout from the Caylee Anthony tragedy.
A new state law requires those who buy industrial drain cleaners and other caustic substances to provide photo identification and sign a log.
An Illinois House member says it’s not fair that property taxes go up when home values are plummeting.
On Dec. 10, deposed Gov. Blagojevich will turn 55, and that means he can start collecting his state pension.
Illinois State Rep. Jack Franks (D-Woodstock) believes easing of trade restrictions with Cuba could pump hundreds of millions of dollars into the state’s economy.
Two Illinois lawmakers are heading for Cuba, in an effort to ensure Illinois is first in line when trade resumes with the island nation, which has been under a trade embargo since 1962.
Metra is asking riders to dig deeper in their pockets. Fares could go up as much as 20 percent next year. There’s also talk of service cuts, but there’s no talk of eliminating a major perk for some of the agency’s administrators and staff – free take-home cars.
The holiday for the Illinois sales tax during back-to-school time in the late summer would be an annual event, under a bill that has been introduced in the state House.