Illinois Legislators Pass $40 Billion State Budget, Chicago Casino MeasureIllinois state lawmakers this weekend approved an approximately $40 billion state budget that largely maintains spending, along with a plan to push forward a Chicago casino, during an extraordinary special session held amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Illinois GOP Leaders Say Graduated Income Tax Would Hurt Economic Recovery, Want Proposal Removed From November Ballot“If the GOP wants to keep people from voting on this, keep people away from the ballot box, that says something about the lack of confidence in their position,” Gov. JB Pritzker said.
Fight Over Stay-At-Home Order May Be Coming When Illinois General Assembly Meets Next WeekThe subject of when things will reopen from the stay-at-home order to fight the coronavirus pandemic has led to defiance across the state.
Illinois Lawmakers To Return To Springfield Next Week To Debate Budget, Legislation To Address COVID-19 CrisisBoth the Illinois House and Illinois Senate will hold session from May 20 through May 22.
Republican Lawmakers Want More Input On Gov. JB Pritzker's COVID-19 Reopening Plans“With this plan it could be months or even years before the state would fully reopen as we wait for a treatment or vaccine,” said Rep. Dan Brady.
Workers, Illinois Lawmakers Take Issue With Continued Problems With Unemployment Computer SystemSince day one, we have been pushing for answers about the State of Illinois’ overwhelmed computer system.
State Lawmakers Seek To Undo 555% Increase In License Plate Fee For Small TrailersTo help pay for road and bridge repairs across the state, the General Assembly last year raised the license plate fee for all sizes of trailers by $100.
Illinois Lawmaker Proposes Bill That Would Forbid Motorists From Pumping Their Own GasAn Illinois lawmaker has proposed a law that would forbid motorists from pumping their own gas.
Financial Disclosure A Target Of Illinois General Assembly's Ethics QuestA bribery charge against a state legislator and federal investigations into lobbying have Illinois lawmakers promising to tighten the rules of soliciting and exercising influence in the Statehouse, with a renewed focus on the ridiculed process of financial disclosure.
Big Obstacles Remain Before Chicago Gets Long-Awaited CasinoThe city must convince state lawmakers to vote on a plan that officials say makes the casino more profitable as well as choose a location, which already has sparked disputes.
Lightfoot Headed To Springfield To Lobby For Her Agenda; Changes To Chicago Casino And Real Estate Transfer TaxThe mayor is expected to meet with Gov. JB Pritzker and legislative leaders in an effort to pass her legislative agenda during veto session this week.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot Says 2020 Budget Plan Doesn't Include Large Property Tax Hike, But Needs Help From SpringfieldThe mayor's plan relies on the Illinois General Assembly to approve a graduated real estate transfer tax, revisions to the Chicago casino plan, and statewide pension reform.
Gov. JB Pritzker Signs Law Increasing Minimum Salary For Illinois TeachersIn an effort to address a statewide teacher shortage, Gov. JB Pritzker has signed legislation gradually raising the minimum salary for Illinois teachers to $40,000 a year.
Rosemont Mayor And State Rep. Bradley Stephens Defends Dual Taxpayer-Funded Salaries; ‘I Don’t Think … What I’ll Be Getting Is Beyond Fair’Bradley Stephens is one of the highest-paid mayors in the country, earning a $260,000 salary as the mayor of Rosemont, a village with a population of 4,200. Now he stands to earn another $69,000 a year as a state representative.
Governor, Lawmakers Celebrate Approval Of Budget, Construction Plan, Gambling Expansion, And MoreThe capital construction plan is the state’s first infrastructure investment since 2009.