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Madigan re-elected speaker for 17th time, lays out Democratic economic agenda

Madigan re-elected speaker for 17th time, lays out Democratic economic agenda

By Monique Garcia and Kim Geiger | Chicago Tribune
January 12
Filed under State

A newly re-elected House Speaker Michael Madigan on Wednesday unveiled a series of proposals aimed at jump-starting job growth in Illinois, the Democratic response to the economic agenda Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner has pushed for two years as the sides remain deadlocked on a state budget. The plan...

New Illinois comptroller on state’s financial crisis: ‘We’re going to get out of this’

New Illinois comptroller on state’s financial crisis: ‘We’re going to get out of this’

By Bernard Schoenburg | The State Journal-Register, Springfield, Ill.
December 6
Filed under State

Democrat Susana Mendoza was sworn in as Illinois comptroller Monday, saying bipartisan agreement is needed to get the state out of its fiscal crisis, but also saying GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner's "turnaround agenda" shouldn't be linked to passing a budget. "I don't think that the approach of tying non-budgetary...

Schock wants his trial in Peoria’s federal court

Schock wants his trial in Peoria’s federal court

By Andy Kravetz | Journal Star, Peoria, Ill.
November 29
Filed under State

SPRINGFIELD — Former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock has asked to move his federal corruption trial from Springfield to Peoria. In a motion filed on Monday, the Peoria Republican claims having the case in Springfield would be overly burdensome. In addition, he says, the case should be tied here as it's a...

Man ordered held in death of 8-year-old southern Illinois girl

Man ordered held in death of 8-year-old southern Illinois girl

By Katherine Rosenberg-Douglas | Chicago Tribune
November 29
Filed under State

First-degree murder and predatory criminal sexual assault charges have been filed against a southern Illinois man accused in the death of an 8-year-old Olney girl whose body was found within about a block of her home the night before Thanksgiving. The charges were filed Monday in Richland County Circuit...

Rauner, Madigan feud means Illinois’ unpaid bills could reach $13.5 billion

Rauner, Madigan feud means Illinois’ unpaid bills could reach $13.5 billion

By Monique Garcia | Chicago Tribune
November 17
Filed under State

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's budget office estimates the state's backlog of unpaid bills will hit a record $13.5 billion by July if the governor and Democrats who control the General Assembly remain deadlocked over a complete spending plan, a bleak reminder of what's at stake as negotiations begin...

Illinois governor still won’t say Trump’s name in public, but they talked in private

Illinois governor still won’t say Trump’s name in public, but they talked in private

By Monique Garcia | Chicago Tribune
November 17
Filed under State

Gov. Bruce Rauner still isn't uttering Donald Trump's name in public, but the governor did drop this nugget on Wednesday: He spoke to the president-elect for the first time late last week. The Republican governor told a group of business owners gathered in Springfield to discuss his stalled economic...

Illinois house speaker wants a new group to negotiate a budget

Illinois house speaker wants a new group to negotiate a budget

By Doug Finke | The State Journal-Register
November 16
Filed under State

House Speaker Michael Madigan said Tuesday he wants to negotiate a spending plan for the last six months of the fiscal year that will focus just on the state budget and not incorporate parts of Gov. Bruce Rauner's turnaround agenda. Madigan's statement that he wants to appoint a new group to negotiate...

Illinois governor, house speaker to meet after days of post-election posturing

Illinois governor, house speaker to meet after days of post-election posturing

By Monique Garcia | Chicago Tribune
November 15
Filed under State

A week after their respective political operations wrapped up tens of millions of dollars in ads vilifying the other guy, Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan will be in the same room to resume discussions on Illinois' economic future. The Tuesday morning Capitol...

Aaron Schock, former Illinois congressman, indicted on 24 criminal counts

Aaron Schock, former Illinois congressman, indicted on 24 criminal counts

By Katherine Akiba | Chicago Tribune
November 10
Filed under More Headlines, State

CHICAGO — Former Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock was indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury on 24 criminal counts including theft of government funds, fraud, making false statements and filing false tax returns. Schock, 35, a Republican from Peoria elected in 2008, resigned from the House last year...

What you need to know on Election Day in Illinois

What you need to know on Election Day in Illinois

By Chicago Tribune
November 8
Filed under State

Here's (some) of what you need to know about Election Day in Illinois. — Polls are open statewide from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. If you're still in line at 7 p.m., you'll still be allowed to vote. — If you spot problems on Election Day (suspected improper or illegal activity), you can call the Illinois...

Illinois governor pours in nearly $46 million as part of bid to cut Speaker Madigan’s power

Illinois governor pours in nearly $46 million as part of bid to cut Speaker Madigan’s power

By Rick Pearson | Chicago Tribune
October 26
Filed under State

With little more than two weeks until Election Day, Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's personal investment in eroding the ranks of legislative Democrats led by House Speaker Michael Madigan has grown to nearly $46 million, state campaign finance records show. The massive influx of cash represents the...

Video gambling has hot hand in Illinois

Video gambling has hot hand in Illinois

By Becky Yerak | Chicago Tribune
October 21
Filed under State

The lounge at Bertrand Lanes bowling alley was the first Waukegan business to get a license to install video slot machines. Ask owner George Lawrence why he decided to offer gambling and he rubs his thumb and index finger together — the gesture for money. "It keeps the doors open," said the 78-year-old...

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