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Illinois House of Representatives

After Some Contention, Illinois House Dems and GOP Agree on Something

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 08.13.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Stop the presses! Wednesday found the Illinois House voting unanimously on a spending bill. But unanimity doesn't equate to harmony in Springfield, at least not on the House floor before all members voted to sanction spending $5.2 billion in federal money that had been in limbo because of the state budget stalemate

Watch: A Two-Minute Lowdown of Madigan's Budget Stalemate Position

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 06.24.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

House Speaker Michael Madigan says there is one simple reason why the state is in this predicament: Gov. Bruce Rauner won't work with Democrats to close a $3 billion budget gap (Rauner says it's $4 billion) in the budget sent to Rauner by the House and Senate.

House Hears Rauner's Turnaround Agenda Plan

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 05.06.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Some Illinois mayors are worried about Rauner's Turnaround Agenda for Illinois because they worry it could leave their towns with unfunded mandates -- rules they must follow but no state money to ensure compliance. Nancy Mathieson explains at Reboot Illinois why these worries keep some Illinois mayors up at night.

Pumpkin Pie Honored in Illinois House of Representatives

Reboot Illinois | Posted 06.28.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Illinois lawmakers have a lot of work ahead of them in the next few months, especially with trying to construct and pass a balanced budget. But lawmakers took a break from trying to solve the pension crisis or working on a viable budget plan for next year to talk fall desserts in the spring.

The Illinois House of Representatives: Red-Light Cameras and Speaker Madigan

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 06.23.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

The Illinois State House of Representatives has approved a ban on red-light cameras in the state -- except for in Chicago, where the issue has drawn vocal opposition. Mark Fitton, a reporter for the Illinois News Network, explained.

Madigan stares, unions don't blink

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 08.21.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

To witness Tuesday evening's hearing before the Illinois House Personnel and Pension Committee was to see, played out in real time, the essence of the...

Legislators load up on dessert and skip vegetables

Reboot Illinois | Posted 08.07.2013 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

As has occurred far too often over the years, our elected officials ate their dessert first last week. The vegetables got pushed off the dinner tab...

Illinois House: Pass Marriage Equality to Make the "Land of Lincoln" Worthy of its Name

Brian Levin | Posted 07.31.2013 | Chicago
Brian Levin

If Abraham Lincoln were alive today, he would surely deliver "The Springfield Address" that goes something like this.

Illinois House Should Pass Fair Pension Bill, SB 2404

Michael T. Carrigan | Posted 07.21.2013 | Chicago
Michael T. Carrigan

On a range of issues, our state faces tough problems that can only be solved by stakeholders and elected officials working together. The new pension reform legislation, Senate Bill 2404, shows the way.

State-Run Health Insurance Marketplace: Why AFC Opposes HB 3227

David Ernesto Munar | Posted 07.17.2013 | Chicago
David Ernesto Munar

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) recently made the difficult decision to oppose legislation that creates a state-federal partnership for operating Illinois' health insurance marketplace. We base this decision on the poor consumer protections in the bill.

Licenses for Undocumented Drivers Will Make Illinois Safer for All

Brian Levin | Posted 02.09.2013 | Chicago
Brian Levin

Assuming the State House of Representatives and Governor Quinn sign off, Illinois will be the beneficiary of a great public policy that will improve public safety for all: issuing driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants.

Illinois House Rejects Overhaul Of Workers' Compensation System

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 07.30.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD -- A workers compensation package championed by Gov. Pat Quinn went down to dramatic defeat Sunday, killed by House Republicans who worrie...

Illinois House Narrowly Passes Bill Requiring Backseat Seatbelt Use

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 07.06.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD -- Back-seat passengers who now can decide whether to buckle up would have to start wearing seat belts under legislation that narrowly pas...

Illinois Lawmakers Consider Plan To Limit Tenure, Strike Rights For Teachers

Catalyst Chicago | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

In Government and Policy This is not a time of holiday cheer for teachers' unions in Chicago and throughout Illinois. A hastily formed committee o...

WATCH: Sen. Rickey 'Hollywood' Hendon's AWESOME Civil Unions Speech

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Many Illinois representatives and senators stood up in recent days to voice either their support or opposition to the state's recently passed civil un...

Green Party Candidate Karpen Wins Tribune Endorsement

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Jeremy Karpen, the Green Party underdog in Illinois's 39th House District, won a major endorsement in his bid to unseat Democratic incumbent Maria Ant...

Downstate Sheriff Doesn't Believe That Marijuana Can Help Sick People

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The talk of legalizing medical marijuana in Illinois has been heating up in recent weeks, as Illinois lawmakers have until January to vote for a bill ...

Medical Marijuana And Illinois: So Close, Yet So Far Away

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Illinois is one House vote away from becoming the 15th state to legalize medical marijuana. But Rep. Lou Lang, the sponsor of the measure that would ...

State House Passes Bill To End Free Rides For Many Seniors

The Capitol Fax Blog | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The House has overhwelmingly passed a bill to get rid of free rides for all seniors, regardless of income. 83 members voted "Yes." If the bill becomes...

Mike Madigan, House Speaker, Moves To Eliminate Lt. Gov. Position; Pat Quinn Disagrees

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Illinois hasn't had a lieutenant governor in over a year, and following the Scott Lee Cohen debacle, House Speaker Mike Madigan wants to keep it that ...

Ken Dunkin: State Rep. Missed Blago Impeachment Vote For Caribbean Cruise

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO - While his Illinois House colleagues were voting to impeach Gov. Rod Blagojevich, Rep. Ken Dunkin was cruising the Caribbean with his family....


The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

In an unprecedented action, the Illinois House voted 114-0 to impeach Gov. Rod Blagojevich Friday. Rep. Milton Patterson (D-Chicago) was the lone vote...

Quinn: Blagojevich 'Missing The Point Of Impeachment' (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn called on Gov. Rod Blagojevich to resign Friday in a news conference shortly after the governor railed against the Illinois House's...

Milton Patterson: The Lone Vote Against Blagojevich Impeachment

Chicago Tribune | Ashley Rueff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The lone holdout in the Illinois House of Representatives' 114-1 vote to impeach Gov. Rod Blagojevich was Rep. Milton Patterson, a Chicago Democrat fr...

Jason Linkins

Blagojevich Impeached, Gives Another Astounding Press Conference | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

If you are a fan of The Wire, you might remember the fifth season episode "Took," which prominently features the corruption trial of Maryland State Se...