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House passes phony tax freeze, bill dies in Senate

Brendan Bakala, Illinois Policy Institute Nov. 13, 2017, 10:29am

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

Austin Berg, Illinois Policy Institute Aug. 29, 2017, 4:05pm

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

Marianna Schmiesing, Illinois Policy Institute Jun. 26, 2017, 8:25am

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

Laura Halleman Mar. 31, 2017, 10:13am

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

Glenn Minnis Mar. 23, 2017, 3:29pm

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

Taryn Phaneuf Jan. 23, 2017, 6:21am

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'

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.