Chief Of Staff For Illinois House Speaker Welch Tests Positive For COVID-19; Lawmakers And Staff Urged To Self-IsolateThe chief of staff to newly-elected Illinois House Speaker Emanuel "Chris" Welch tested positive for COVID-19 while lawmakers were in Springfield this week for the lame duck session and the inauguration of the new Illinois General Assembly.
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.
Illinois State Sen. Andy Manar Resigning To Become Senior Adviser To Gov. JB PritzkerManar, who has been a lead budget negotiator for Illinois Senate Democrats and advocate for school funding reform during his eight years in office, will step down from his seat on Jan. 17.
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.
Illinois Senate President Don Harmon Seeks $41 Billion In Federal Coronavirus ReliefHarmon's office said the outbreak's negative effect on state and local economics hasn't been addressed and the requested amounts were based on past budgets, research and conversations with local officials.
Former Illinois State Sen. Martin Sandoval Promised To Go 'Balls To The Wall' For Red Light Camera Firm SafeSpeed"I take full responsibility for my actions. I'm ashamed, and I'm sorry. I want to apologize to the people of Illinois and to my constituents," Sandoval said after pleading guilty to bribery and tax charges.
Illinois State Sen. Martin Sandoval Resigning Amid Federal ProbeTwo months after FBI agents raided his home and offices, Illinois State Sen. Martin Sandoval has announced his plan to resign, effective Jan. 1.
Exelon Utilities CEO Retires Amid FBI Probe Of Illinois State Senator SandovalThe move comes weeks after the FBI raid at Illinois State Senator Martin Sandoval's home and offices. As part of that investigation, officials subpoenaed communication records between ComEd and Sandoval. 
Inmates Will Soon Be Able To Vote From Jail“The people we register are awaiting trial and are innocent until proven guilty. They have every right to vote, and voting is the one of the best ways to participate in our democracy and be a part of the community. “
Illinois Senate Takes Up Final Legislative Matters SundayThe Illinois Senate returns for what lawmakers hope is the final day of a spring legislative session already in overtime.
Senate Completes Work On $39.9B Budget, Legislation To Protect Abortion Rights In Illinois ApprovedGov. J.B. Pritzker hugged and congratulated sponsors of legislation to protect abortion rights in Illinois after the Senate approved the plan 34-20.