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.
State Rep. Stephanie Kifowit To Challenge Michael Madigan For Illinois House SpeakerKifowit was one of the first Democrats in the Illinois House to demand Madigan resign as speaker, after he was implicated in the ComEd bribery scandal.
Republicans On Illinois House Panel Investigating Madigan Want To Subpoena Speaker; But Democratic Chair Pushes Back"Speaker Madigan needs to come forward and testify,” Illinois State Rep. Grant Wehrli (R-Naperville) said.
Speaker Madigan Declines To Testify At House Investigating Committee Hearing On ComEd Bribery CaseThe speaker stressed that his decision not to appear before the committee does not mean he is invoking his Fifth Amendment rights, and again insisted he has done nothing wrong.
Democrats, Republicans On House Committee Investigating Madigan Send Competing Letters To Feds On Limits For HearingsLawmakers from both parties agreed to consult with U.S. Attorney John Lausch to make sure their probe won’t interfere with the criminal investigation of ComEd.
Pritzker Thanks Illinois General Assembly Committee For Upholding Rule On Mask EnforcementIllinois Gov. JB Pritzker on Tuesday thanked the Illinois General Assembly’s Joint Committee on Administrative Rules for upholding his order allowing local authorities to fine establishments that fail to enforce the rules on wearing masks during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bribery Scheme Implicating Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan Revives Term Limits TalkRep. Tim Butler, a Springfield Republican, has proposed a constitutional amendment, with some key Democratic backing, to limit legislative leaders to eight years in one leadership position and 12 in two.
Gov. JB Pritzker Signs Mail-In Voting Expansion For General Election In NovemberThe measure was approved by state lawmakers last month, allowing the state to automatically send ballot applications to people who voted or applied for an absentee ballot in recent elections.
Gov. JB Pritzker Signs $43 Billion State Budget, Including Plan To Borrow $5 Billion From Federal ReserveThe spending plan essentially maintains budget levels from last year, but does not count on any increased revenue from a proposal to pass a graduated income tax that will appear on Illinois ballots in November.
Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza Says State Lawmakers Won't Get Pay RaiseWhile there is no language in the state budget that prohibits a pay raise, it does not provide any money to cover the cost of a pay raise.