Sen. Matt Murphy

Illinois Senate Rejects Rauner's Priorities, Advances BudgetIllinois Democrats agreed to give some of Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's priority reforms a platform Wednesday but still voted them down in an exercise that could further fuel a politically charged standoff that's expected to extend the summer.
Remembering Judy Baar Topinka: "Judy Had No Rival"The people who knew the late Judy Baar Topinka best were gathering Wednesday to share stories and celebrate her life, a week after the longtime Illinois politician died of complications from a stroke.
Lawmakers Seek Public Input On Plan To Revamp School FundingState lawmakers who have predicted huge property tax hikes for suburban homeowners under a measure to overhaul funding for public schools have invited the public to provide input on the plan Tuesday night in Arlington Heights.
Quinn Refuses To Testify About Anti-Violence ProgramGov. Pat Quinn has rejected a challenge to testify before a legislative panel looking into the scandal-plagued anti-violence program Quinn created before the 2010 election.
State Lawmakers Continue 2015 Budget TalksIllinois 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.
Illinois School Funding Data Fuel Reform DebateNewly released figures that show downstate school districts gaining at the expense of suburban ones have fueled a debate among lawmakers about a proposed overhaul of the complicated school funding formula that Illinois has used for almost two decades.
Amendment Protecting Ill. Voters To Go On BallotIllinois voters will consider a constitutional amendment this fall aimed at scuttling attempts at voter suppression after Senate action Thursday.
State Lawmakers Push For Another Big Ten School In IllinoisSome state lawmakers seem to want to play the role of Big Ten commissioner, and have taken steps to study the feasibility of having another Illinois college join the conference.
Governor OKs More Money For Road Projects, DCFSIllinois road construction projects will get a $675 million boost this spring under a package of short-term spending projects Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law Thursday that Republicans complained was rushed through with little input from taxpayers.
Illinois Republicans See Opportunities To Build Beyond 2012Illinois has evolved into a “blue state,” but there are still plenty of Republicans – and plenty of opinions on how to rebuild the party.
State Lawmakers Pass Budget, But Not Without ContentionIllinois lawmakers have passed a budget to the Gov. Pat Quinn, but not without a lot of contention.
Madigan Drops Effort To Shift Teacher Pension Costs To Local DistrictsProspects for pension reform in Illinois improved measurably late Wednesday night, when House Speaker Mike Madigan dropped his proposal to make public schools and state universities pay retirement costs for their employees, rather than the state.