Divisions between business and labor interests were on display Wednesday at the Illinois Senate Labor Committee’s hearing on raising the state’s minimum wage from $8.25 to $15 per hour over an undefined period of years.
One of the first lessons state Rep. Monica Bristow learned about her job was to keep answers short, and be careful about saying too much. Bristow (D-Godfrey), appointed in December 2017 to serve the remaining term of retiring Rep. Dan Beiser, was presenting her first bill on halting pay raises for legislators.
Newly-elected state Sen. Craig Wilcox (R-McHenry) already has a slight leg up on his other freshman colleagues in the Illinois General Assembly. That’s because he has already seen legislative action at its most frenetic pace. Capitol News Illinois reporter Peter Hancock profiles state Sen. Craig Wilcox, beginning his first full term in the 32nd District.
The five-member Illinois House Rules Committee will maintain its power over the legislative process for the 101st General Assembly despite objections from Republican members of the committee this week.
Faced with a large funding shortfall and a shortage of new participants, the director of a state-run college savings program urged Illinois lawmakers on Tuesday to back the program with the “full faith and credit” of the state to guarantee that future bills will be paid.
There was general agreement at the Senate Education Committee meeting Tuesday that the definition of a “school day” is changing, but the committee voted unanimously to reinstate an old definition of the term – at least temporarily.
With increased state and national attention on ethics in politics, a pair of Republican lawmakers filed separate bills this week to add their own reforms to the mix. One would restrict former lawmakers from quickly becoming lobbyists. The other would eliminate pensions for new lawmakers after 2020. Both, however, are unlikely to make it out of committee.
Newly-elected Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker comes into office with supermajorities in both chambers of the 101st General Assembly, which begins in earnest Tuesday. Pritzker promises to deliver on a progressive legislative agenda that stands in stark contrast with that of his Republican predecessor, former Gov. Bruce Rauner.
The third time’s a charm for Republican Sen. Jason Plummer.
Plummer campaigned for lieutenant governor in 2010, but his running mate, Senate Republican Leader Bill Brady, lost to Democrat Pat Quinn, the incumbent governor at the time. Then, as candidate for Illinois’ 12th Congressional District in 2012, Plummer lost to Democrat Bill Enyart, who garnered 52 percent of the vote compared to Plummer’s 43 percent.
More than two decades of public service in Chicago’s northwest suburbs gave Donald DeWitte a lens through which to view how issues impact a community.
Large or small, originating at the state level or at the township, he said he believes in the “old adage that all government is local government.”
State Rep. Dan Caulkins (R-Decatur) was sworn in to the 101st Illinois House district on Jan. 9, replacing retired Rep. Bill Mitchell (R-Forsyth), who was first elected in 1999