Republican Governor Bruce Rauner likely considered the upcoming election while crafting the state of the state address he gave Wednesday. There's a host of Democratic candidates vying to unseat him - and a single Republican who says she wants to get him out the way during the primary this March.
House Speaker Michael Madigan says he will call a $36.5 billion spending plan for a vote Friday while Democrats and Republicans continue to negotiate tangential issues crucial to a state budget deal with Gov. Bruce Rauner.
Gov. Bruce Rauner has vetoed legislation prohibiting the Illinois Department of Corrections from hiring private healthcare workers. Rauner vetoed the measure Friday. He says it's unnecessary because his administration signed an agreement May 22 with the Illinois Nurses Association about subcontracting for nurses.
The Illinois Senate's leader is promoting legislation he says will protect immigrants from Trump administration actions. Several immigrant and anti-crime groups and labor unions joined Democratic Senate President John Cullerton of Chicago to unveil legislation he calls the TRUST act.
Illinois Senate President John Cullerton is still trying to arrange a floor vote Wednesday on a compromise budget plan even as loud opposition has arisen in the Capitol. The Chicago Democrat says the massive tax-increase and spending overhaul plan he negotiated with Republican Leader Christine Radogno of Lemont is complex and the two leaders are having difficulty lining up votes for it. Cullerton says he's still pushing because it's an emergency.
The attorney general for Illinois is calling on state lawmakers to pass legislation removing statutes of limitations for child sex abuse crimes in response to the case against former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert.
Illinois Republican Governor Bruce Rauner says the state needs to change how it purchases products and services as part of a budget deal. But Senate Republicans say a compromise that passed out of committee yesterday needs more work.
The Illinois House passed a measure today that decriminalizes selling loose cigarettes to adults aged 18 and older. The legislation's sponsor says the change was inspired by the arrest and subsequent death of Eric Garner in New York.
The Fantasy Sports Trade Association and its members which include ESPN and Yahoo, are backing legislation that would make daily fantasy games legal in Illinois. It would also characterize the contests as games of skill.