Another unbalanced budget isn't going to right the sinking ship that is Illinois, Sen. Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg) told his fellow lawmakers as the Senate adjourned on Wednesday without a budget agreement.
Rep. Reggie Phillips (R-Charleston) is offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to the capture of vandals who raided one of his senior-assisted living construction worksites and damaged valuable equipment.
All of the Democrats hoping to unseat Gov. Bruce Rauner in 2018 are backing Speaker of the House Michael Madigan's budget goal of raising taxes rather than enacting reforms, a Madigan spokesman told the Chicago Tribune recently.
Juveniles convicted of minor charges could get a second chance thanks to a bill passed by the Senate on Monday despite concerns raised by Sen. Dale Righter (R-Mattoon) that the measure could have unforeseen ramifications regarding gun permits.
Sen. Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) is demanding a state investigation after the Kankakee Times reported on the anticipated district-by-district financial impact of his Senate Bill 1, which promises to change the state's formula for dispensing money to public schools.
Financial expert Mark Glennon of Wilmette says in his analysis of a new study on state and local pensions that the options available to reduce the substantial obligations facing Illinois funds include amending the state constitution or going through federal bankruptcy.
The give-and-take in the Senate between Democrats wanting tax increases and Republicans wanting reforms ended on Tuesday with the liberals giving up on compromise and taking from Illinois taxpayers, Sen. Dale Righter (R-Mattoon) said.