As disgusted as she was to hear the news that students at an Oak Park middle school will be raising funds for Planned Parenthood as part of an eighth-grade school project, Mary Kate Knorr admits she's not entirely surprised either.
House Speaker Michael Madigan used his absolute power over the legislative process to move legislation to the floor on Friday that exchanges Illinois’ constitutionally mandated flat income tax with a progressive tax.
A renowned expert on health insurance and public policy stands opposed to an insurance tax that would generate hundreds of millions of dollars to be allocated for Medicaid to obtain matching federal funds.
Illinois' powerful and longtime state House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) apparently pulled a Friday-before-Memorial-Day surprise to push legislation for Gov. J.B. Pritzker's so-called "fair tax" out of committee and onto the House Floor.
The average Illinois teacher’s 2018-19 salary is estimated to be $66,600, the 12th highest in the nation, according to annual rankings and estimates released last month by the National Education Association (NEA).
With the federal government still touting plans for major infrastructural upgrades, Republican Illinois state Rep. Allen Skillicorn (East Dundee) wonders why Democrats in Springfield remain so gung-ho about pushing their own local plan.