• 8/22/2019
    House Speaker Michael Madigan believes the three other legislative groups should conduct independent reviews of their workplaces, his chief of staff said. Meanwhile, Rep. David McSweeney said it is “outrageous” another type of report is not made public — a document compiled after an investigation of alleged wrongdoing by lawmakers or their staff.
  • 8/22/2019
    Some teachers in Illinois will get a pay raise starting next year, thanks to a bill that Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed into law Thursday. House Bill 2078, which passed the General Assembly in the final days of the 2019 session, phases in an increase in minimum teacher salaries to $40,000 a year over the next four years.
  • 8/21/2019
    It is unclear what effect the decision by Illinois’ three family planning organizations to decline millions of federal grant dollars will have on associated clinics in the state. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services oversees the Title X program, which provides preventative reproductive health care services to those who could otherwise not afford it.
  • 8/21/2019
    Gov. J.B. Pritzker used only his fifth veto on Senate Bill 2124 Tuesday, a measure state Sen. Chapin Rose, a Mahomet Republican and the bill’s sponsor, said was written to “close a loophole” in a state law, which he said ties school districts’ hands in dealing with incidences in which students bring BB guns to school to cause panic and disruption.
  • 8/21/2019
    People who rent homes or apartments in Illinois who are not United States citizens have new legal protections under state law. Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a bill Wednesday that prohibits landlords from evicting or intimidating tenants based on their citizenship or immigration status.
  • 8/20/2019
    An investigation into the “workplace culture” of Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan’s office found his former chief of staff contributed to a culture of bullying pervasive throughout the Capitol system. The review, conducted by former federal prosecutor and former executive inspector general Maggie Hickey, was called for in response to allegations of harassment. She currently works for Schiff Hardin LLP.
  • 8/20/2019
    For senior care advocates in Illinois, a state funding increase is a reason for optimism after a prolonged period of government disinvestment that was marked by a crippling two-year state budget impasse which continues to impact social service providers. But advocates for nursing homes and home-based senior care agree there is a long way to go to ensure long-term sustainability for Medicaid-funded senior care programs, especially as the baby boomer generation continues to age into long-term care systems.