Illinois House of Representatives News

Fair Maps Amendment not called for vote, deadline passes to place it on November 2018 ballot

By Jonathan Bilyk | May 7, 2018

Illinois voters will not get a chance to weigh in on the question of whether Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan and other legislative leaders in the Democratic-controlled Illinois General Assembly should continue to hold the keys to drawing the state's legislative district maps, after the leaders of the state House and Senate refused to call a vote for a constitutional amendment designed to curtail their influence over the process.

St. Clair County GOP chair says Rauner is the best candidate for governor; Ives campaign claims Rauner is unelectable

By John Sammon | Feb 10, 2018

BELLEVILLE – St. Clair County Republican chairwoman Barbara Viviano said only incumbent Illinois Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner can defeat Democrat contender J.B. Pritzker this November and that Rauner’s Republican challenger Jeanne Ives is unelectable.

House passes phony tax freeze, bill dies in Senate

By Brendan Bakala, Illinois Policy Institute | Nov 13, 2017

The politically motivated freeze would not address key cost drivers or protect Illinois homeowners from property tax increases.

AG Madigan likely heading for private practice, views differ on legacy

By John Breslin | Sep 26, 2017

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan will likely go into private law practice after announcing she is not running again for the post, according to political analysts in the state.

Illinois General Assembly passes school funding plan, tax credit scholarships

By Austin Berg, Illinois Policy Institute | Aug 29, 2017

The Illinois Senate passed a school funding reform bill containing the state’s first-ever tax credit scholarship program. The bill now awaits the governor’s signature.

Edgar County Watchdogs file suit in connection with Mautino investigation

By Jon Campisi | Aug 1, 2017

It’s been nearly a year-and-a-half since an Illinois good government group raised eyebrows over questionable campaign spending by the state’s auditor general, and now the organization is suing over Auditor General Frank Mautino’s failure to respond to records requests.

Illinoisans are still waiting for independence

By Austin Berg, Illinois Policy Institute | Jul 7, 2017

More than 240 years ago, a group of individuals stood up against a far-off king who taxed them without recourse. Americans honor their efforts each year on Independence Day.

Illinois House passes resolution encouraging tourism in the Bahamas

By Marianna Schmiesing, Illinois Policy Institute | Jun 26, 2017

State representatives passed House Resolution 290, encouraging tourism between Illinois and the Bahamas.

Local lawmakers vote in favor of bill diverting $300 million from state to local governments

By Laura Halleman | Mar 31, 2017

The Illinois House of Representatives voted earlier this month to divert up to $314 million in state tax dollars to local governments each year.

Cook County judge says Illinois politicians should not receive checks faster than state pays other debts

By Nicholas Gueguen | Mar 31, 2017

A Cook County Circuit Court judge ruled March 16 that Illinois can't give preferential treatment to state lawmakers' paychecks over the overdue debts that the state has.

House committee votes against bill that would protect state workers from having their SS numbers shared with unions

By Glenn Minnis | Mar 23, 2017

Illinois Representative Jay Hoffman (D-Belleville) recently voted against a bill aimed at protecting state workers from having their social security numbers automatically shared with union reps.

Illinois politicians vote to divert $300 million from state coffers to fuel local spending

By Amy Korte, Illinois Policy Institute | Mar 19, 2017

Despite Illinois’ billions in deficit spending and skyrocketing debt, the Illinois House of Representatives passed House Bill 278, which would transfer an additional $300 million per year of state income tax funds to local governments, continuing to prop up local overspending that fuels high property taxes.

Senate adopts leadership term limits while House again adopts 'Madigan's rules'

By Karen Kidd | Jan 25, 2017

SPRINGFIELD – Newly adopted term limits for the Illinois Senate president and minority leader were approved on the new General Assembly's first day earlier this month, but any kind of similar proposal for leaders in the lower chamber will not likely advance under "Madigan's rules."

State GOP robocalls target Democrats who voted to re-elect Madigan as speaker

By Taryn Phaneuf | Jan 23, 2017

SPRINGFIELD — After the Illinois General Assembly voted once again to elect Democrat Michael Madigan of Chicago as House Speaker, the Illinois Republican Party responded with robocalls to voters in 18 targeted districts.

Illinois judge and attorney groups to host annual joint convention

By Taryn Phaneuf | Dec 7, 2016

CHICAGO — Illinois Senate President John J. Cullerton will speak at an annual lunch gathering of judges and attorneys in the state.

You need money and connections to get into Madigan's place

By The Madison County Record | Oct 18, 2016

Suppose there was a popular restaurant in Springfield called Madigan's, it was so popular that they could charge top dollar for all their dishes, so popular that you couldn't get in without a reservation, and you couldn't get a reservation unless you were somebody or knew somebody, and even then you still had to slip the maître d' a C-note to get seated.

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

By Jamie Kelly | Jun 6, 2016

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

By Russell Boniface | May 27, 2016

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

By LocalLabs News Service | May 19, 2016

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

By Austin Berg, Illinois Policy Institute | May 9, 2016

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

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