Gov. Bruce Rauner recently signed bipartisan legislation to reform civil asset forfeiture in Illinois and ensure that the law enforcement tool is used correctly and prudently, according to a press release.
House Minority Leader Jim Durkin's (R-Western Springs) hiring of Michael Mahoney, a former aide to Gov. Bruce Rauner, has the potential to cause some conflict of interest problems for WTTW, the primary public broadcasting member station in Chicago.
Fifteen Illinois Republicans and two Democrats have joined a bipartisan coalition of 65 lawmakers across eight states in an effort to end gerrymandering by backing an amicus curiae brief filed in the U.S. Supreme Court earlier this month.
Billionaire and Democratic gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker donated more than $121,000 to Rod Blagojevich's political aspirations, making him the fifth-largest donor to the now-disgraced for governor, according to the Illinois Republican Party.
Not all intergovernmental agreements or contracts entered into by public agencies are legal, and the public should not feel intimidated by the law and fail to question the agreements, the Edgar County Watchdogs (ECW) posted on their Illinois Leaks website recently.
The new public school funding bill recently passed by the Illinois Legislature includes a scholarship program that would award donated funds to students in lower-income families — up to 300 percent of the federal poverty level — so that they may attend the school of their choice.
Some Illinois legislators are questioning the value of the recently passed public school funding measure, Senate Bill 1947, because of its generous benefits to Chicago and other school districts that are slated to receive targeted property tax relief.
Amid the more-controversial debates going on in the state Legislature the last few months, one important measure that drew little comment could be a major factor in reforming Illinois, the Better Government Association (BGA) contended recently.
While debate continues on how Illinois state school funding should be distributed, Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) is arguing that the system will never be fair until county property tax assessments are conducted on the mandated schedule, according to a press release.
Illinois is backing itself into a corner by refusing to mirror the reforms sweeping other states, Rep. Tom Morrison (R-Palatine) and members of the Illinois Lawsuit Abuse Watch (I-LAW) said at a recent Palatine rally to spur legislation preventing frivolous lawsuits, according to a press release.