House Speaker Michael Madigan http://peoriapublicradio.org en No voting on term limits for state lawmakers http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/no-voting-term-limits-state-lawmakers <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Illinois voters will NOT get a chance to weigh in on term limits for state lawmakers. &nbsp;A Cook County judge today ruled the question is unconstitutional for voters to take up.</span></div><div> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 23:45:11 +0000 Tony Arnold 25617 at http://peoriapublicradio.org No voting on term limits for state lawmakers Il Democrats abandoning efforts to keep 5% income tax rate http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/il-democrats-abandoning-efforts-keep-5-income-tax-rate <div>Illinois Democrats are abandoning efforts to keep the income tax rate at its current level, and not let it drop.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Illinois’ state income tax rate is scheduled to go down in January&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">From five percent to 3-point-75.</span></div><div> Tue, 27 May 2014 11:25:14 +0000 Tony Arnold 23939 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Il Democrats abandoning efforts to keep 5% income tax rate Il lawmakers return to Springfield Monday http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/il-lawmakers-return-springfield-monday <div>Illinois lawmakers return to Springfield Monday. With just six days remaining before the scheduled summer adjournment, , the state budget remains the top issue. IPR'S Brian Mackey has more.</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lawmakers have a difficult choice: slash spending on things like education and health care, or vote to make the current five percent income tax rate permanent. It's scheduled to drop by more than a percentage point at the end of the year.</span></div><p> Mon, 26 May 2014 11:18:19 +0000 Brian Mackey 23892 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Il lawmakers return to Springfield Monday Speaker wants 'millionaire tax' referendum http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/speaker-wants-millionaire-tax-referendum-0 <div>House Speaker Michael Madigan wants voters to weigh in on his so-called "millionaires' tax" at the November elections.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The referendum would ask if income greater than a million dollars should be taxed an additional three percent, with the money going to schools.</span></div><p> Fri, 23 May 2014 11:53:32 +0000 Brian Mackey 23787 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Speaker wants 'millionaire tax' referendum Top Democrats moving forward on austerity budget? http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/top-democrats-moving-forward-austerity-budget <div>A day after House Democrats said they're unwilling to extend Illinois' higher income tax rate, government observers are trying to figure out what happens next. Top Democrats say they're moving forward on an austerity budget, but as IPR'S Brian Mackey reports, things in the Statehouse are rarely as clear as they seem.</div><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">House Speaker Michael Madigan took a closed-door poll of his Democratic lawmakers, and found just 34 of the 60 votes needed to make the current income tax rate permanent.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Madigan says he told his budget leaders to begin crafting a leaner spending plan, then added...</span></p> Thu, 22 May 2014 17:25:17 +0000 Brian Mackey 23726 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Top Democrats moving forward on austerity budget? Quinn pitches tax plan to House Democrats http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/quinn-pitches-tax-plan-house-democrats <div>Governor Pat Quinn appealed directly to Democrats in the Illinois House Monday. As IPR'S Brian Mackey reports, he’s struggling to win support for his plan to extend Illinois’ higher income tax rate.</div><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The governor appeared at a closed meeting of the Illinois House Democratic caucus.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Quinn is trying to win the support of the 60 Democrats required to make Illinois’ 5 percent income-tax rate permanent instead of letting it decline by more than a percentage point as scheduled at the end of the year. </span></p><p> Tue, 20 May 2014 12:06:36 +0000 Brian Mackey 23585 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Quinn pitches tax plan to House Democrats Will lawmakers approve legislation making the higher income tax rate permanent? http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/will-lawmakers-approve-legislation-making-higher-income-tax-rate-permanent <div>Illinois lawmakers return to Springfield Monday to begin the final two weeks of the spring legislative session. As IPR'S Brian Mackey reports, the big question remains whether Democratic leaders can convince enough rank-and-file lawmakers to make a higher income tax rate permanent.</div><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Although </span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Pat Quinn, Senate President John </span>Cullerton<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, and House Speaker Michael Madigan all support making the temporary 5-percent income tax rate permanent, Madigan in particular has had a hard time getting fellow House Democrats to go along.</span></p> Mon, 19 May 2014 12:11:08 +0000 Brian Mackey 23520 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Will lawmakers approve legislation making the higher income tax rate permanent? Il House committee approves minimum wage ballot question http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/il-house-committee-approves-minimum-wage-ballot-question <div>Plans to raise the minimum wage in Illinois have struggled all spring. Instead of letting the proposal fail in the General Assembly, Democratic leaders want to put it to voters. As IPR'S Hannah Meisel reports, the question on the November ballot would be non-binding.</div><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">House Speaker Michael Madigan says he wants to ask voters a simple question: "Shall the minimum wage in Illinois for adults, over age 18, be raised to $10 an hour by January first, 2015?"</span></p></div><div> Fri, 16 May 2014 15:51:49 +0000 Hannah Meisel 23410 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Il House committee approves minimum wage ballot question Budget hearings underway in the Il House http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/budget-hearings-underway-il-house <div>Members of the Illinois House are spending Wednesday afternoon in a series of &nbsp;budget hearings. As IPR'S Amanda Vinicky reports, the House Speaker says that's meant to lead the way to an income tax vote.</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The hearings all focus on one thing: Illinois' next spending plan.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In particular, one that spends money as if Illinois' income tax rate is still 5-percent even though the rate is set to drop halfway through the next fiscal year.</span></div><div> Wed, 14 May 2014 18:28:46 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 23293 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Budget hearings underway in the Il House House committee votes to spend 100-million dollars for Obama Presidential Library http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/house-committee-votes-spend-100-million-dollars-obama-presidential-library <div>A legislative committee Wednesday voted to authorize spending a hundred million dollars to lure Barack Obama's presidential library to Chicago for the second time. IPR'S Amanda Vinicky reports.</div><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Before he became President, Barack Obama served as an Illinois state, and U.S. senator.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">He worked as a community organizer in Chicago, and taught at the University of Chicago law school.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">All reasons he might locate his presidential library and museum in Illinois.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But New York and Hawaii are also in the running.</span></p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 18:42:49 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 22609 at http://peoriapublicradio.org House committee votes to spend 100-million dollars for Obama Presidential Library