Barbara Flynn Currie

The first woman to serve as majority leader in the Illinois House of Representatives and a top lieutenant to House Speaker Mike Madigan says she won't seek re-election.

Illinois was not among the states where there was a concern about so-called "faithless electors."

They met in the state Capitol building ... mostly Democratic Party stalwarts — like Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, former Chicago mayoral candidate Jesús "Chuy" Garcia, and House Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie.

In other words, the outcome was in no way a surprise.

The son of longtime Congressman Bobby Rush is considering getting into the family business.  The Chicago Democrat’s son is taking on one of the most established Democrats in Springfield.

Top Democrats are warning that Illinois will run out of money to operate in just a few months if lawmakers can't agree on a state budget. But they still insist they won't cave to Gov. Bruce Rauner's demands to weaken public-worker unions to get a budget deal.  House Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie says the Republican governor's plan to let local governments opt out of collective bargaining is an attack on the middle class.

Il House approves Medicaid expansion

May 28, 2013

Low-income adults who do not have children would for the first time be eligible for state-backed health care coverage under a measure approved Monday in the Illinois House. The Medicaid expansion is a signature plank of the federal Affordable Care Act.

Illinois lawmakers continue to negotiate a bill to ban minors from receiving life sentences in prison. It comes nearly a year after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the practice unconstitutional.