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Taxes hiked, Democrats blamed, but how much will Republicans be boosted in 2018?

Olivia Olsen Jul. 26, 2017, 5:07pm

The Illinois General Assembly recently ended a two-year budget stalemate by overriding Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto of a proposed spending plan that included a 32 percent income tax increase. But just how much the tax increase will persuade Illinois voters to toss out of office the primarily Democratic lawmakers who promoted and voted for the tax hike remains an open question.

Bill that would limit liability in employing ex-offenders stalls in Illinois House of Representatives

Laura Halleman Jun. 28, 2017, 4:01pm

Legislation that would have made it less risky for employers to hire ex-offenders is now delayed in the Illinois House of Representatives.

District court tosses campaign-sabotage case against House Speaker Madigan for insufficient evidence

Glenn Minnis Jun. 28, 2017, 2:59pm

A federal judge has denied the attempt by a former challenger to powerful Ill. House Speaker Michael Madigan to resurrect his legal action against Madigan and several of his political allies, alleging the lawmaker and his political associates imrproperly conspired to sabotage his 2016 Democratic primary election campaign.

Calumet alderman, state rep sues to force city to turn over phone records of mayor, political rival

Scott Holland Jan. 30, 2017, 4:28pm

A Calumet City alderman and state lawmaker at odds with Calumet's mayor has sued the city over a Freedom of Information Act disputes, involving, in part, his demand to see the mayor's phone records and text messages.

Automatic voter registration bill dies in Illinois House after veto, but similar legislation could follow

S. Laney Griffo Dec. 14, 2016, 7:20pm

Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of a bill that would automatically register voters across Illinois has held up in the General Assembly, leaving unclear whether such a bill can secure enough votes to become law amid the current political environment.

Madigan comes up short on SB 1229 override

Hilary Gowins Yelvington Sep. 8, 2015, 6:42am

House Speaker Mike Madigan said on multiple occasions he had the votes to override the governor’s veto.