House of Representatives

Congressman Darin LaHood says he’s “thrilled” with his new committee assignment.

Speaker Paul Ryan appointed LaHood to the House Ways and Means Committee. 

LaHood considers it a significant committee because it deals with taxation, trade, healthcare, and many entitlement programs.             

“..Those are important issues to the American people. They’re important to our seniors. They’re important to every facet of our economic system.”

The effort to overhaul the way Illinois funds public schools has been gaining momentum over the past few years, and yesterday, the latest plan got the green light to be heard by the House of Representatives. Sponsored by State Rep. Will Davis (D-Homewood), the plan cleared committee on a 15-1-0 vote, marking the first time in recent history that a school funding plan got bipartisan support.

That's despite the fact that Davis chose not to provide a spreadsheet showing how much money each district would get.

Former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock has returned to the floor of the House of Representatives for the first time since his resignation.  Schock was on the House floor for an address by India Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The former republican congressman wore a House member pin and said he was back to hear "my friend" speak.  Schock was heavily involved in issues related to India while a member of Congress.

The chief of staff to Illinois first lady Diana Rauner has been appointed to the state House of Representatives.  Sara Wojcicki Jimenez of Springfield will replace Republican Raymond Poe who resigned last week to become Gov. Bruce Rauner's state agriculture director. 

Singing State Legislator dies

Sep 21, 2015

A Chicago lawmaker known for her musical spin on Springfield issues died this morning.  Esther Golar was a state representative from the city’s south side.

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A budget that would temporarily cover state expenses -- including government employees' paychecks passed the Illinois House this afternoon. But there's a big chance it won't ever become law.

The spending plan covers services Democrats say are "critical." The original version stopped there. Now it does more. Political hay has been made over a judge's determination that state workers won't be paid without a budget.  Now, their salaries are covered by the plan too.

IL House approves pension overhaul

May 2, 2013

A plan that will leave state employees and teachers with reduced retirement benefits made it out of the Illinois House Thursday, potentially paving the way for the pension overhaul that has thus far eluded lawmakers. But it also ignites a faceoff between two of the state's top Democrats with the potential to keep a pension overhaul as elusive as it's ever been. Illinois Public Radio’s Amanda Vinicky explains.