Illinois General Assembly News

State legislature passes bill that reshapes Republican-controlled board in Metro-East

By Ann Maher | Jun 5, 2018

Democrat lawmakers pushed a bill through Springfield last week that will reshape a local government board under Republican control.

In a shrinking state, Census sheds light on struggling cities

By Austin Berg, Illinois News Network | May 29, 2018

Rich Roth didn’t think his story would go viral. But a Facebook post with his photo and a quote from the longtime Clinton, Illinois, resident has reached more than 800,000 people since May 21, with more than 10,000 reactions and 8,000 shares.

Illinois Supreme Court ruling a victory for government transparency

By Jeffrey Schwab, Liberty Justice Center | May 29, 2018

The court’s ruling strengthens Illinois’ Freedom of Information Act, a crucial tool in holding government officials accountable.

Illinois House approves spending of $635K on three "lactation and wellness" rooms at State Capitol

By LGIS News Service | Apr 23, 2018

The Illinois House of Representatives voted 91-1 Friday to spend $635,570 to build three "lactation and wellness" rooms at the state capitol in Springfield.

Tax Freedom Day - just kidding

By Bryce Hill, Illinois Policy Institute | Apr 18, 2018

Federal income tax filings are due today. But while federal income taxes may make up the largest share of taxes the typical resident pays to the government, Illinoisans won’t find themselves free from the enormous burden of state and local taxes.

Rauner must think twice before signing dangerous 5G 'small cell' wireless bill

By The Madison County Record | Apr 10, 2018

The impact of Fifth Generation (5G) small cell wireless facility bills becoming law will mean: it does not matter who you are, how affluent you are, where you live, or who you know in "high places," a cell tower can soon be looming in your front yard.

Civic Federation: State 'lost' billions in revenue by foregoing taxes on retirement income

By Cole Lauterbach, Illinois News Network | Apr 3, 2018

A Chicago think tank says Illinois is losing out on billions of dollars in revenue by not taxing retirement income.

'Equal rights' amendment sounds really good, but it's really, really bad

By The Madison County Record | Mar 27, 2018

The year is 2018, but nothing has changed since 1979. Women's Lib is still pushing for a gender-free or unisex society, and having ERA ratified as an Amendment to the Constitution is its vehicle for success.

Money grubbing Illinois lawmakers see dollar signs in legalization of recreational marijuana

By The Madison County Record | Mar 6, 2018

For those who say it's impossible to put the genie back in the bottle as recreational marijuana has wide acceptance, I say hog-wash to this! If the public knew the truth they would fight back against Illinois legislators who see the legalization of marijuana only in terms of the money it might net Illinois, and not about the detrimental effects upon its citizens.

Gubernatorial candidates hurling insults instead of addressing 10 trends driving Illinois towards insolvency

By Ted Dabrowski, Wirepoints | Mar 2, 2018

With Illinois’ decline in full display for the nation to see, proposals for fiscal and spending reforms should dominate the campaign and political landscape. After all, virtually every budget and economic trend in Illinois is pointing towards insolvency sometime in the near future.

Illinois spends more on education, but outcomes lag

By Bryce Hill and Joe Tabor, Illinois Policy Institute | Feb 27, 2018

Misplaced priorities in Illinois' education system may be the reason students are less prepared for college than peers in other states.

Civil justice reforms proposed in House include venue reform, joint and several liability and judicial retention

By Ann Maher | Feb 22, 2018

SPRINGFIELD - Legislation that would restrict judges from seeking election to their own seats has been refiled after dying in a previous session of the Illinois General Assembly.

Madigan says he won't resign in wake of staffer sexual harassment scandal

By Greg Bishop, Illinois News Network | Feb 14, 2018

Speaker Michael Madigan says he has no plans to resign in the wake of allegations his political operation slow-walked an investigation of a staffer alleging sexual harassment by a supervisor.

Ives: Madigan should step down over handling of sexual harassment complaint

By The Madison County Record | Feb 14, 2018

The office of House Speaker is a powerful position that carries with it a great deal of responsibility. It is because of Speaker Madigan’s failure to carry out the responsibility of his leadership position that we’re at this point. He failed to do his job and ensure that a Legislative Inspector General was in place and that complaints were handled in a timely manner.

Illinois pensions: Overpromised, not underfunded

By Ted Dabrowski, Wirepoints | Feb 6, 2018

For years, the state’s political elite has blamed ordinary Illinoisans for the state’s pension crisis.

GOP state lawmakers join Supreme Court brief asking to reject challenge to compulsory union fees

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jan 23, 2018

A group of nine Republicans currently serving in the Illinois General Assembly, including two rookie state lawmakers, have signed their names to a brief filed with the U.S. Supreme Court, asking the court to uphold the state’s ability to allow unions to extract fees from government employees who don’t wish to join a union, arguing the country’s founding federalist principles should allow the 50 states to decide such policy questions for themselves.

Attorney hopeful that civil court fees will be reformed in 2018 General Assembly session

By Glenn Minnis | Jan 11, 2018

Attorney Steven F. Pflaum of Chicago is hoping this year will mark the beginning of the end of rising court fees in the state's judicial system.

Like a good neighbor: Illinois sees record loss of people to neighboring states

By Austin Berg, Illinois Policy Institute | Jan 5, 2018

Solving Illinois’ people problem requires addressing the high cost of government, which makes the state far less attractive for people looking to plant roots.

Illinois General Assembly, 2017 in review: State pet, state grain, but no fixes

By Mindy Ruckman, Illinois Policy Institute | Jan 2, 2018

Illinois lawmakers passed hundreds of bills in 2017, but enacted no real reforms to boost the state’s economy, rein in the cost of government or provide relief to taxpayers.

New laws set to take effect Jan. 1 include ban on part-time participation in IMRF

By Ann Maher | Dec 29, 2017

More than 200 new laws will take effect in Illinois on Jan. 1, including one that restricts part-time office holders, whether elected or appointed, from participating in or receiving benefits from the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF).

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