Illinois Republican Party Chairman Tim Schneider called the House's May 28 passage of the highly controversial Reproductive Health Act, which removes restrictions for late-term abortions, a clear sign of the disintegration of the Democratic party in Illinois as it relates to the abortion debate.
The Senate passed a bill last week that restructures care grants and amends the Illinois Public Aid Code to require the Department of Healthcare and Family Services to restructure the Family Support Program to enable early treatment of youth, young adults and transition-age adults with a serious mental illness or serious emotional disturbance.
The $40-billion budget that passed the state House and Senate during last weekend's overtime session in Springfield has a few head-scratching details, such as lawmaker pay raises, but a fiscal expert with a Chicago-based nonpartisan think tank said there is at least one aspect of the legislature that every Illinoisan can take to the bank: Taxpayers will pay . . . and pay . . . and pay some more.
Illinois Right to Life Executive Director Mary Kate Knorr does not believe that all of the Springfield lawmakers who voted in favor of Senate Bill 25 truly support the controversial abortion legislation.
A bill passed the Illinois House of Representatives last week that would prevent Sterigenics from reopening its doors in Willowbrook after the sterilization solutions provider's controversial shutdown in February due to dangerously high readings of ethylene oxide emissions.
One Chance Illinois President Myles Mendoza is still rejoicing over his children's education advocacy group’s successful fight to save the state’s tax credit scholarship (TCS) program from the chopping block in Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s new 2019 state spending plan.
Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA) executive director Richard Pearson is commending members for the battle they successfully waged in preventing "one of the most expansive gun control measures in recent history” from becoming law.
Senate Republican Leader Bill Brady’s undisclosed financial interests in the gaming industry, and his public celebration with Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker over legislative approval of a massive expansion of gaming in the state, the budget and other controversial bills marks a new low point for the Republican Party.