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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker joined with Planned Parenthood and other abortion rights advocates Monday in denouncing the Trump administration’s new policy that blocks federal family planning money from going to any organization that provides or facilitates abortions. “The Trump administration’s gag rule is fundamentally wrong,” Pritzker said in a telephone news conference Monday.
Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed more than 50 bills last week and has about one week remaining to sign the final 167 of the 599 total bills sent to him by the General Assembly this year. The most recently signed bills include a package of legislation affecting first responders, a bill striking down a 1998 state law pertaining to greenhouse gas emissions, a banking initiative of Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza and a measure to allow graduate student teaching assistants to unionize.
One of the top Republican leaders in the U.S. House told the Illinois GOP Thursday that the state party can rebound, despite its devastating losses in the 2018 elections. House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, R-Louisiana, was the keynote speaker at the Republican Day picnic at the fair, where the theme of the day was “Fight the Machine,” a reference to the Illinois Democratic Party.
Leading Illinois Republicans acknowledged the stark political reality their party faces in the state at a joint breakfast of the state central committee and county chairmen’s association Thursday in Springfield, but said the state’s “aggressive progressive” swing to the left this year offers them an opportunity to rebound.
The state’s elected constitutional officers – all of whom are Democrats – took to the Illinois State Fairgrounds on Wednesday for Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s first Governor’s Day Picnic. The event followed a gathering of more than 2,000 Democrats, including U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, at a Springfield hotel earlier in the day.
U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rallied Illinois Democrats on Wednesday, issuing a call for party unity and citing the state party’s recent legislative successes as an inspiration for the national party to follow. American values — especially the ones “centered on the kitchen table” — are what join them together under the party umbrella, she said in her keynote address at the annual Democratic County Chairs’ Association brunch.
In a classic duel of Pritzker vs. Pritzker, the first lady won. Gov. J.B. Pritzker and First Lady M.K. Pritzker engaged in a bidding war at the Illinois State Fair on Tuesday, with the governor’s wife placing the winning bid of $75,000 for a grand champion steer named Lucius. “I have to say, there’s not a piece of that steer that doesn’t entice me,” the governor quipped with reporters after the sale.
Dick Durbin was at the Illinois State Fair Tuesday to talk about agriculture. It was Ag Day, after all.
Instead, the state’s senior U.S. senator spent a significant amount of his time with the press discussing state politics and policy. Durbin specifically addressed questions about members of his Democratic Party who made recent headlines.
Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a bill expanding insurance coverage for Illinoisans suffering from Lyme disease and discussed other health-related measures at a news conference in his State Capitol office Tuesday. The Democrat also touted a bill which requires insurers to cover the cost of medically necessary epinephrine shots for children.