Sen. Kirk Dillard
Illinois has evolved into a “blue state,” but there are still plenty of Republicans – and plenty of opinions on how to rebuild the party.
The Illinois Senate agreed Thursday to stop letting lawmakers hand out free college educations to their constituents, removing the final roadblock to ending a century-old practice plagued by allegations of corruption and political favoritism.
Some Illinois lawmakers say it’s time for some spring cleaning when it comes to the state’s laws.
Illinois Senate Republicans say there’s a lot not to like about Gov. Pat Quinn’s budget plans, and the way he’s running the state. But as WBBM Newsradio Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports, they are siding with Quinn on a couple of big issues.
Illinois politicians were quick to weigh in after former Gov. Rod Blagojevich was sentenced to 14 years in prison on Wednesday for his corruption convictions, largely saying they hope it puts an end to corruption in the governor’s office.
An Illinois lawmaker has revived his idea to put gasoline sales tax proceeds toward capital construction projects, replacing controversial video gambling as a revenue source.
Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation ending the death penalty in Illinois.
Illinois State Sen. Kirk Dillard (R-Hinsdale) says the state’s largest public employee union should not be receiving raises while Gov. Pat Quinn proposes to cut $100 million from human services.
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