A group of five Republican lawmakers is demanding a special session of the General Assembly to push forward ethics reform legislation for which they insist Illinois state government has no time to waste.
All eyes will be on Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker at the start of the new session to see if the Democratic leader has any intention of making good on his pledge to bring fair electoral mapmaking to the state.
With Springfield gripped by scandal and a series of federal corruption probes still playing out, a quartet of Republican state lawmakers recently joined forces in calling for the resignation of longtime House Speaker Mike Madigan (D-Chicago).
Illinois four-year public university tuition and fees went from $8,797 in 2004-05 to $14,166 in 2019-20, the 20th largest increase among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, the College Board said in a new report.
State lawmakers in Illinois now draw a base salary of $65,836 per year, in addition to travel outlays of 39 cents per mile, according to a recent study by the National Conference of State Legislatures.