Illinois House of Representatives News

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Will Lisa Madigan shut down Illinois government?

By Austin Berg, Illinois Policy Institute | Apr 18, 2016

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

By Nick Coston | Feb 16, 2016

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

By Michael Lucci | Feb 10, 2016

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

By Ann Maher | Dec 15, 2015

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

By Michael Lucci | Dec 15, 2015

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

By Anna Aguillard | Nov 6, 2015

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

By Jim Long | Oct 20, 2015

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

By Mark Fitton | Sep 24, 2015

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

By The Madison County Record | Sep 23, 2015

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.

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