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GOP lawmakers ask Mautino to step down while investigations proceed; McCarter says vote to confirm auditor general was 'mistake'

Jamie Kelly Jun. 6, 2016, 6:41am

SPRINGFIELD — Investigations into Illinois Auditor General Frank Mautino’s campaign spending by both state and federal agencies has a group of lawmakers calling for him to step down at least until the inquiry is completed.

Watchdog says GOP lawmakers will call for Mautino's resignation

Russell Boniface May 27, 2016, 8:18am

Illinois Auditor General Frank Mautino is currently facing a federal investigation after questions arose over his campaign spending during his 24-year tenure as a Democratic member of the Illinois House of Representatives.

Report: Mautino facing federal investigation over questionable campaign spending

The Madison County Record May 19, 2016, 6:36pm

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois Auditor General Frank Mautino is facing a federal investigation related to campaign finances, according to a statement his spokesman released to several news outlets today.

Madigan muzzles Illinoisans on term limits

Austin Berg, Illinois Policy Institute May 9, 2016, 7:14am

Term limits aren’t just a cosmetic change. They aren’t a feel-good Coke commercial. They’re a powerful reform that can make Illinois democracy work again

Will Lisa Madigan shut down Illinois government?

Austin Berg, Illinois Policy Institute Apr. 18, 2016, 9:08am

Should lawmakers choose to pass a budget, Madigan and Cullerton’s law prohibits year-to-year cuts to lawmaker salaries and operating expenses. No other office or agency of state government has this sort of privilege.

SIUE instructor running for House seat in 112th District

Nick Coston Feb. 16, 2016, 1:42pm

EDWARDSVILLE — Katie Stuart, a mathematics instructor at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE), officially announced her candidacy for the Illinois House of Representatives’ 112th District on Thursday at the Madison County Courthouse in Edwardsville.

Illinois’ incredible, shrinking business establishments

Michael Lucci Feb. 10, 2016, 7:22am

The number of business establishments – farms, factories, businesses, stores, etc. – has grown in Illinois in the last 15 years.

St. Clair County judges hire election law specialist to defend nomination objections; Kasper has represented Obama, Clinton and Emanuel

Ann Maher Dec. 15, 2015, 1:13pm

A Chicago election law attorney who has represented President Obama and former President Clinton in election litigation will be helping three St. Clair County judges whose nomination papers face challenge at the Illinois State Board of Elections.

Madigan does not understand what's wrong with Illinois' economy and broken workers' compensation system

Michael Lucci Dec. 15, 2015, 11:45am

Illinois House of Representatives Speaker Mike Madigan’s comments at a recent event prove that the long-serving speaker simply does not understand the problems Illinois faces in terms of low wages for the working class, significant blue-collar job losses and a broken workers’ compensation system.

East St. Louis City budget director calls for city to file bankruptcy, groups push for bankruptcy reform

Anna Aguillard Nov. 6, 2015, 8:49am

East St. Louis budget director Egzabia Bennett has recently called on the city to file for bankruptcy, the third time in two years she had made such a recommendation.  

Illinois needs term limits

Jim Long Oct. 20, 2015, 2:09pm

Polls have shown that vast majorities of citizens on both sides of the political aisle back term limits for their elected officials.

House hears first details of Emanuel plan; Chicago mayor’s tax proposal does have some foes

Mark Fitton Sep. 24, 2015, 7:44pm

SPRINGFIELD — Thursday marked another day of activity but little visible movement in the state Capitol. The House Revenue and Finance committee began hearing testimony on a call from the city of Chicago for an increase in the general homestead property tax exemption, or amount the state subtracts from homeowner’s assessed valuation as a form of tax break.

The crazy cartoon world of Illinois public pensions

The Madison County Record Sep. 23, 2015, 6:59am

Strange things happen in cartoons – things that could never happen in real life, things that are physically impossible – but cartoon lovers know that and delight in the alternate “reality.” The absurd goings-on are an essential part of animated humor.

What happens when Illinois taxpayers refused to be ignored

Jim Long Sep. 15, 2015, 11:23am

Ignoring Illinois taxpayers has consequences.

Madigan comes up short on SB 1229 override

Hilary Gowins Yelvington Sep. 8, 2015, 1:21pm

House Speaker Mike Madigan said on multiple occasions he had the votes to override the governor’s veto.

Senate Bill 1229: An assault on taxpayers

Ted Dabrowski Sep. 1, 2015, 7:43am

Illinoisans’ household incomes have fallen by 8 percent since 2000, while state-worker salaries have increased by 22 percent.

The ICJL Judicial Selection Proposal

Ed Murnane Mar. 12, 2014, 7:57am

Murnane

Outgoing and incoming Clerk wrote character references for convicted drug dealer

Steve Korris Jun. 20, 2013, 4:02pm

Holbrook

Illinois House votes to ban use of cellphones while driving; Kay and Costello 'No' - Hoffman 'Yes'

Ann Maher Mar. 1, 2013, 4:34pm

Costello - 'No'

ITLA pushes bill to increase, cap attorneys' fees in med mal cases

Bethany Krajelis Jan. 4, 2013, 5:16pm

Clayborne