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Sexual harassment accusations continue to roil IL assembly, but very different from private sector cases

Karen Kidd Nov. 8, 2017, 7:00am

As sexual harassment scandals spread in the Illinois General Assembly, some lawmakers are calling for still more action to empower investigators to pull the curtain back on what has been described as a rampant culture of abuse in Springfield. However, unlike private sector employers, state officials don't face a realistic threat of lawsuits over their actions, says a lawyer who specializes in such harassment cases.

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.

Former state senator shouldn't expect to win his lawsuit asking for back pay, state constitution expert says

Dee Thompson Jun. 20, 2017, 3:30pm

Michael Noland, an Elgin Democrat who served in the Illinois state Senate for 10 years, has sued the state of Illinois, alleging his pay was illegally withheld during budget crises. However, an expert in Illinois constitutional law says his lawsuit has little chance of prevailing, particularly since the lack of funds was caused in part by legislation to cut lawmaker pay - legislation he, at the time, supported.

Ex-state senator sues IL over 'unconstitutional' skipped paychecks, years after supporting skipped pay

Scott Holland Jun. 5, 2017, 11:48am

Ex-state Senator Mike Noland, D-Elgin, is suing the state of Illinois to force the comptroller to get the money he claimes was denied him during a decade in office - even though he voted for the measure he now claims is illegal.

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.

Logging In: Trial lawyers, privacy advocates vow to fight rewrite of IL biometrics law, seek more like it

Jonathan Bilyk Jul. 8, 2016, 1:10pm

Privacy advocates, trial lawyers and other supporters of an Illinois biometrics privacy law fueling lawsuits around the country have pledged to fight any attempt to rewrite the 2008 law, and say they believe the law should be "mimicked around the country."

Failed state senate candidate files $1 million defamation suit vs incumbent state senator over campaign flier

Jonathan Bilyk Mar. 29, 2016, 7:12pm

Two weeks after his bid to win the Democratic nomination for the Illinois State Senate seat representing several south suburban communities ended in defeat, a Hazel Crest lawyer and local library board member has brought a defamation lawsuit against the incumbent state senator who bested him, claiming a flier allegedly distributed by the incumbent’s reelection campaign went too far.