State grants to CUB under Quinn are examples of 'mis-prioritization' of spending, lawmaker says

A tax exempt organization that lobbies and litigates against utility companies was awarded $1.5 million in state grants that was used to pay the salaries of existing staff members as well as rent and utilities. Citizens Utility Board received the economic development grants from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity through a budget controlled by former Gov. Pat Quinn. Read More »

Illinois Supreme Court orders Fifth District to review record in protracted case out of St. Clair Co.

Another round of judicial review lies ahead in an asbestos contractor's protracted battle against a state agency involving cleanup of federal grounds. The Illinois Supreme Court has ordered the Fifth District to review the record on appeal to determine whether a St. Clair County circuit court abused its discretion in denying Lake Environmental's motion for sanctions against the Illinois Department of Public Health. Read More »

Rauner to join ILR announcing state's dismal ranking in legal climate survey

CHICAGO - Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner will join the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) this afternoon to announce results of the Harris Poll which shows the state's legal climate at an all-time low ranking. The study places Illinois at number 48 out of 50; only Louisiana and West Virginia fared worse in a report titled "2015 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States." Read More »

Madison County board members join I-LAW to support Rauner's 'Turnaround' agenda

Local lawmakers are standing with tort reform group Illinois Lawsuit Abuse Watch (I-LAW) to revive discussion of a sticking point in a two month old state budget impasse. Madison County board members Tom McRae (R-14) and Mick Madison (R-5) joined I-LAW's executive director Travis Akin on Tuesday to support passage of venue reform, a key component of Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's Turnaround Agenda. Read More »