Gov. JB Pritzker Signs Education Reform Legislation Aimed At Improving Equity For Minority StudentsThe bill makes sweeping changes to the state's education system, from early childhood through higher education.
Illinois License Plate Fees For Some Trailers Jumped 555% Over A Year Ago, And Issue Still Has Not Been ResolvedWith warmer weather just around the corner, boaters are counting on the state to finally do something about skyrocketing trailer fees.
Michael Madigan's Successor In Illinois House Resigns Just Three Days After Madigan Arranged His AppointmentIllinois State Rep. Edward Guerra Kodatt, who was picked to succeed former state Rep. Michael Madigan in the Illinois House, has resigned only three days after he was appointed to his seat.
Republicans Mock Illinois House Democrats: Meet The New Rules, Same As Old OnesMajority Democrats in the Illinois House adopted procedural rules on Wednesday that the GOP complained are nearly identical to the suppressive ones they labored under in the decades-long rule of former Speaker Michael Madigan.
Illinois State Lawmakers Now Eligible To Get COVID-19 VaccinesIllinois state lawmakers can now get the COVID-19 vaccine during Phase 1B of the state's inoculation plan, after Gov. JB Pritzker approved the Illinois General Assembly's request to receive the shots.
Loophole In Illinois Law Capping Insulin Prices Leaves Patients Flabbergasted; 'I Just Don’t Understand Why I Have To Pay This Ridiculous Rate'Insulin's got a bad rap for breaking the bank. A new Illinois law was supposed to cap the price at $100 per month, so why are some still being charged eight times that?
Expert Says End To Cash Bail Does Not Mean Greater Risk To Community Safety In States Where It Has HappenedAmong the police reform measures that recently passed in Springfield is an end to cash bail.
Illinois State Sen. Heather Steans, North Side Democrat, Resigning After 12 Years In OfficeState Sen. Heather Steans (D-Chicago), who was instrumental in the passage of legislation legalizing recreational marijuana and same-sex marriage in Illinois, is resigning from office at the end of the month.
After Finding Controversial Novel On School's Summer Reading List, Teenage Twins Push For Change In State LawHomework; for many of us adults, it’s been eons since we had school assignments. Now 13-year-old twins in southwest suburbs want to give Illinois lawmakers a big project.
Illinois Senate Approves Legislation That Would Expand Chicago Teachers' Bargaining Rights Amid Dispute Over CPS Reopening PlansIllinois state lawmakers have approved legislation that could throw a wrench in Chicago Public Schools’ reopening plans, lifting limits on the Chicago Teachers Union’s bargaining rights, which could force the district to negotiate with the union over the phased return to in-person classes.
Governor Pritzker Plans $700 Million In Budget Cuts To Offset Pandemic Revenue Loss, Failure Of Graduated Income Tax Plan“The pandemic has caused every state in the nation to face tremendous revenue shortfalls, and Illinois is no exception,” Pritzker said Tuesday afternoon.
Illinois General Assembly Cancels Veto Session Over COVID-19 ConcernsAmid a resurgence of the pandemic that has seen Illinois set new daily COVID-19 case records several times in the past few weeks, state lawmakers have canceled plans for the upcoming veto session before and after the Thanksgiving holiday.
Ending Cash Bail, More Rehab Part Of Gov. JB Pritzker's Criminal Justice Reform Plan“We spend billions of dollars a year keeping too many people in an overcrowded prison system that has proven itself too expensive, too punitive and wholly ineffective at keeping Illinois families safe," Pritzker said in a statement.
Committee Investigating Speaker Madigan's Ties To ComEd Bribery Scandal Won't Meet Again Until After Election“The committee will meet again in person on November 5 in Springfield – without the backdrop of a political campaign," said Rep. Emanuel "Chris" Welch (D-Hillside).
Religious Leaders Urge Voters To Back Graduated Income Tax Plan; Conservative Group Sues Over Ballot LanguageDozens of clergy members said the current flat tax places an unfair burden on the working poor and middle class, and they believe millionaires and billionaires should pay a greater share of taxes.